Former Michigan WR Oliver Martin to enroll at Iowa

Sources confirm to 247Sports that former Michigan wide receiver and Iowa City native Oliver Martin is coming home to play for the Hawkeyes. The former four-star wide receiver broke Iowa's heart in 2017 when he committed to the Wolverines over Iowa and now the fan base can rejoice. 

There have been rumors of Martin's return to Iowa have been active ever since he signed with the Wolverines. Every time they surfaced, it was mostly just smoke from broken-hearted Iowa fans that were still upset that Martin chose the Jim Harbaugh led Michigan team instead of representing his hometown and home state.

At the time-- it was hard to blame Martin. Iowa was experiencing staff changes during that time. Brian Ferentz replaced Greg Davis as the program’s offensive coordinator and Kelton Copeland took over for Bobby Kennedy as the wide receivers coach. 

Martin, who was the seventh-highest ranked wide receiver prospect in the 2017 recruiting class by 247Sports, was in a position to breakout his redshirt sophomore season, but elected to leave Michigan for a variety of reasons.  

Martin has never been the attention seeking type--in fact, he doesn't like it at all. I wouldn't expect an announcement from him. The closest thing that will happen is a University press release announcing his return. 

Martin's arrival is a huge boost to the rising Hawkeye wide receiver core. The 6-foot-1 200-pound receiver is arguably one of the most talented wide receivers on Iowa's roster. His combination of quickness, stellar route-running and hands are going to be a welcome sight for Copeland and Brian Ferentz. He has the versatility to line up in the slot or on the outside. Martin is a hybrid receiver that Iowa hasn't had in a long time. 

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).

Due to NCAA rules, Martin will have to sit out next season. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining unless he gets a waiver approved by the NCAA. Could it happen? I'm not sure because there aren't clear-cut requirements for it. At times, it feels like the NCAA looks at the waiver, goes into another room, and decides by flipping a coin. On Friday, Illinois tight end Luke Ford was denied a waiver by the NCAA, so who knows what they will decide.

It's been a long three-year saga for Martin, but it feels like an ugly chapter can close and a new one can begin. 

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