Iowa City West receiver Oliver Martin attended last weekend’s Cy-Hawk game as part of another unofficial recruiting visit to Kinnick Stadium. He’d been slated for an official visit to Oregon that weekend, leading to the obvious question: Why wasn’t he in Eugene?
Turns out the answer is pretty obvious when you remember he’s still a high school kid enjoying his senior year of football.
“Going out there, it would’ve been a really rushed visit and it’s a big game coming this week (against Iowa City),” Martin said, “so I wanted to stay and do what workouts we had in place and not be too tired from the visit.”
Martin plans to reschedule his Oregon visit soon, and he said the Ducks’ coaching staff understood why he wanted to stay home.
Up next for the four-star receiver is most likely a visit to Notre Dame followed by Michigan State, he said. He was originally planning to visit Notre Dame when it hosts the Spartans on Saturday, but this weekend is West’s homecoming, so he’ll be busy.
He said he might try to visit Notre Dame the following weekend (Sept. 24), but isn’t sure yet.
As for his unofficial visit to Iowa, Martin said he hung out on the sidelines before the game and said hi to all of the coaches. He was one of at least 40 potential recruits at the Cy-Hawk game, Martin said, and he talked with Beau Corrales, a two-star receiver from Georgetown, Texas.
Nothing new, though. Nothing to push his decision either way.
“Not a definite date,” Martin said of when he might commit. “Still just talking to my parents about it to help me with the decision.”
Martin is the state's top-ranked recruit and the No. 261 prospect in the country, according to 247sports' composite rankings. Iowa currently boasts the 22nd-best 2017 recruiting class, according to 247sports, and it's headlined by five-star defensive end A.J. Epenesa from Edwardsville, Ill. But Martin would no doubt be the jewel of the class — a homegrown product spurning the likes of Jim Harbaugh and Big Ten Conference rivals for a spot on the local team.
Martin currently holds offers from 14 schools, with Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame as the consensus favorites.