Two years ago, Iowa missed out on the chance to keep one of the nation’s top wide receiver recruits in his home state. But Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes rectified that during the offseason.
After spending two years at Michigan, Martin opted to leave Ann Arbor and return to his home state. He’ll suit up for the Hawkeyes in 2020, but must sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules unless he’s granted a waiver.
Leaving Michigan wasn’t an easy decision for the former four-star standout, but Martin still thinks he made the right decision. He’s happy to be back in his hometown.
“It feels like a good fit being back,” Martin said, according to Hawkeye Insider. “Overall, I’m very happy being here. I think it’s a good thing to be here.”
Paperwork for Martin’s immediate eligibility has been filed and the Hawkeyes’ latest addition at receiver is working hard to learn Iowa’s offensive system and different positions. If his waiver is granted, he’s hoping to make an immediate impact.
“I fully believe that I can contribute right away. I just need to prove to the coaches that I know the playbook inside and out and my teammates trust me to get the job done,” Martin said. “I got to earn that spot by making plays and executing my assignment on any play.”
Martin played in all 13 games for the Wolverines last year, totaling 11 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. He also started in one game.
Martin seems to be fitting in back in his hometown. Whether he’s granted immediate eligibility or has to wait a year, the new Iowa receiver will be a fan favorite.