Oliver Martin Back on Iowa Campus Monday, Will Join Hawkeyes This Week

June 10, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – It’s long been thought that Oliver Martin fits perfectly into the Iowa culture. He shies away from attention and just wants to be part of the team.

It’s not surprising then that the former Iowa City West standout and Michigan transfer is staying quiet. And don’t expect that to change anytime soon. He’s not looking to stand out even though his movements are of high interest to fans.

HawkeyeNation.com has learned from a source close to the situation that the talented receiver is back on the Iowa campus Monday, getting to know better the players and coaches. He will officially join the team later this week. The announcement likely won’t come from Martin through an elaborate social media post but more likely from a university release.

Martin chose the Wolverines ahead of Iowa and offers from some of the top programs in the country. Schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State and others reached out last week when he entered the transfer portal. The Hawkeyes jumped in with him right away when they learned he was leaving Michigan, and he visited last Thursday.

He decided no more visits were necessary. He joined the hometown team.

Speculation is circulating that Martin is leaving the Wolverines because he wasn’t going to play enough with them and that he’s homesick. Our source says neither is the case, as the Michigan coaches tried talking him into staying as one of their top options.

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Martin caught 11 passes for 125 yards and touchdown last season after a redshirt year in Ann Arbor. In line for more playing time this fall, he just wasn’t happy there.

That scenario makes more sense when you consider he could have returned to Michigan, played the season and then left there after next spring semester as a graduate transfer if he didn’t like where he stood on the depth chart.

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By leaving now, he’ll need to sit out this coming season at Iowa barring an NCAA waiver. Either way, he has two years of eligibility remaining after the ’19 campaign.

During his final two seasons at West, Martin caught 156 passes for 2,443 yards and 30 touchdowns. His 239 receptions were a state record, and he set 4A marks for career yards (3,449) and TDs (33).

Like the Wolverines, Iowa has experienced staff changes since Martin was coming out of high school. Brian Ferentz has replaced Greg Davis as the program’s offensive coordinator and Kelton Copeland took over for Bobby Kennedy as the receivers coach.

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Nick Easley, who led the Hawkeyes in receptions the last two seasons, graduated. All-American tight ends T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant also left for the NFL.

Martin could fit into the slot receiver spot at Iowa but boasts the versatility to play outside as well.

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