Four-star receiver Oliver Martin, the No. 1 ranked player in Iowa, is also on the West High swim team. That explains why he sealed his commitment to Michigan over the weekend by jumping into the Canham Natatorium pool along with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and pass-game coordinator Pep Hamilton.
Martin, who made an official visit last weekend, tweeted the news Monday night. He thanked all the programs that had recruited him and thanked his family.
National Signing Day is Wednesday.
“I am proud and excited to announce my commitment to play football for the University of Michigan! Go Blue!” he wrote.
The video of the three jumping into the pool was released on 247Sports.com. Martin shook the hands of Harbaugh and Hamilton, said “I’m going to Michigan,” then the three yelled in celebration and jumped into the pool fully clothed.
Martin, a 6-foot, 188-pound receiver, had also considered Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan State and UCLA.
He joins a deep group of freshman receivers at Michigan. Donovan Peoples-Jones, the No. 1 player in Michigan who is rated the No. 1 player nationally at receiver, is already enrolled, as is receiver Tarik Black, the No. 1 player in Connecticut. Brad Hawkins, the No. 4 player in Connecticut, also will be part of the incoming group of receivers.
Michigan now has 27 commitments and its recruiting class is ranked No. 4 nationally by the 247Sports composite ranking. Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten behind Ohio State.
Detroit News columnists Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo, along with Michigan beat reporter Angelique Chengelis and Michigan State beat reporter Matt Charboneau talk high school football recruiting and breakdown the Wolverines' and Spartans' 2017 classes.