Novi (Mich.) Catholic Central defensive tackle Mike Martin is one of the top players in Michigan, and the 6-foot-1, 295-pounder has the offers to prove it.
"I have offers from Northwestern, Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, Duke and Miami University," he said. "Then I've been hearing a lot from Michigan. All the schools have been coming by my school a lot."
Martin is without a doubt one of the strongest players in the Midwest.
He took home the state heavyweight wrestling championship in Division I this winter, and is also a monster in the weight room.
"I bench max 420," Martin said. "I'm working a lot to get my reps up on 225. The most I did unofficially is 26, but officially I did it 23 times at Michigan and 19 times at a combine. I'm hoping to really impress some coaches at some combines and camps."
Martin also possesses a 550-pound squat max. Those numbers combined with his dominance for Catholic Central last fall have led to a lot of early interest from colleges.
"My top schools… I haven't really narrowed down but Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Iowa and Michigan are up there," he said. "I told myself I wanted to get it done before the season but I don't know if that will happen. I've been talking to my parents, and they don't want me to think about the location. They just want me to go wherever is the best fit for me with the school and the coaches."
Martin said Michigan could be the team to beat if the Wolverines stepped up an offered, especially since he's got some family ties to the school and he grew up a Wolverine fan.
"A lot of my family went to Michigan, so I watched them a lot growing up," he said. " I think that could really play a role in my decision. I really have liked Michigan for a long time. They have always been in the back of my head. And they're only like half an hour away so they are definitely in my mind."
But for now, Martin is focused on winning.
"I want that state championship," he said. "That's my No. 1 goal. I haven't won one yet, and we have a lot of guys coming back. Coach told me I'm sound technically. So I think I'm quick off the ball but I need to feel my blocks better. My biggest strength is my pass rush technique."