Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year. It's also the busiest day on the blog, so get here early and often. Like every year, I will update the LOI's as they roll off the fax machine. We will also update all the news with any surprises. I'm 100% committed to the Blog all day! With that said, it has already started, so lets get to some recent news:
Jumped in the Boat
Oliver Martin is now part of Michigan's 2017 class as he and Jimmy actually jumped into the pool with his commitment. He committed to the Wolverines over the weekend and announced it on Monday night. This is a great pick up and just another piece of the pie for a high powered offense that Jimmy has been dreaming of. If Nico picks the Wolverines on Wednesday, this will be the best WR class ever heading to Michigan.
Martin is an Army All American 4 star WR across the board and jumped out of Iowa into the national rankings during Nike's Opening this past summer. Michigan quickly offered and Oliver was very interested. Oliver visited for the BBQ at the Big House and many thought a commitment would soon follow. It didn't and Michigan started to pull back interest after it looked like Brad Hawkins was back in the class. Oliver stayed the course and it looked like maybe he would end up at MSU, ND or even Iowa.
Pep Hamilton got hired and made Oliver his #1 priority and it worked. They got him on campus last weekend and closed the deal. Martin is 6'1 and 185 pounds and can play either the slot or outside WR at Michigan. His game will get compared to any New England Patriots WR not named Randy Moss. He has great hands, good speed and a very good route runner. He also plays baseball and is on the swim team in high school. The kid is a good athlete!
His offer list included the likes of: Florida, ND, MSU, Iowa, Ohio State, BYU, Oregon, Wisconsin, Auburn and others.
I'm sure you might be thinking, this question: Does this effect the recruitment of Nico Collins to Michigan? The answer is no. Nico is a 6'5 outside WR and Jimmy is looking at him for a completely different role. The slot at Michigan also has some folks in front of Oliver including the likes of: McDoom, Crawford, Johnson and maybe Perry. Nico with his size and the lack of outside WR's on the roster could see the field very early.
Swimming in another direction
Ifeatu Melifonwu has confirmed his commitment to Syracuse. His offer from Michigan never came and I'm guessing Syracuse was asking for him to re-confirm. Michigan of course likes this DB a ton but might not have room if they land a number of guys tomorrow. Will this change if Michigan does end up having a spot? Hard to tell at this point. This could be good news for Wednesday or bad news if you are a fan of Ifeatu Melifonwu.
To further answer the above Nico Collins question, this non-offer could also mean they want Brad Hawkins to play Safety.
Fishes still swimming
If the above truly happens, I believe Michigan would still have a spot for Ifeatu, so I wonder if he will hold his LOI for a few minutes on Wednesday? Michigan has also been talking to a punter in Ohio that is committed to Nevada. Which could be another option for a final spot.
Buckle up boys, its going to be fun ride!