Michigan hosted six Cass Tech underclassmen this weekend, including freshman offensive lineman Ostell Martin. Martin is not your typical freshman in terms of size, however, tipping the scales at an already ridiculous 6'5"/315 lbs. On a Technician line that is losing star power next season, he will be looked upon to fill a big role for a team looking to win its third straight state championship. However, this weekend was about Michigan, and the young man enjoyed his first visit to Ann Arbor.
"I got an opportunity to talk to a few coaches and I also got to see the equipment and film room as well," Martin said. "I got to talk briefly with Coach Hoke, but not for too long because he had to get his guys ready for practice as well. We talked about how the weight room was treating me, but talked mostly about school and how I was doing in the classroom for now."
With this being his first college practice anywhere, Martin was really impressed with how Michigan went at it and how fast the pace was. One player, however, stood out.
"It really was an intense practice," he said. "It was a real good experience to see how a college practice take place. I saw a couple big hits but also saw a couple great plays out of Devin Gardner. He was really impressive. He's my favorite player in college football and I was able to meet him. When I walked up to him to introduce myself, I said hello. He looked at me and without even saying hi, just said "Man, you're big!". I got to talk with him for a few minutes and got my picture taken with him as well. It was really great to meet him."
Heading into next season, Cass Tech will be losing three BCS players up front in Dennis Finley (MSU), Kenton Gibbs (NC State) and David Dawson (Michigan). Despite only being a sophomore, Martin is ready to take a big step towards becoming the next star player at the powerhouse program. Dawson, in particular, is someone he's looking to emulate.
"I'm ready to starting working towards next season. I have been already," Martin said. "And Dave is somebody I look up to and want to emulate on the field. I look at him and think to myself that he's where I want to be in a few years. He became a leader and an All-American this year and is now playing football for a great school like Michigan. He's definitely someone I would consider a role model."
Martin is a player who has been quoted by Technician Head Coach Thomas Wilcher as being "the next big star" out of Cass Tech, so as you'd expect, he'll be visiting Michigan again and likely often.
"Coach Hoke told me I could come back and visit whenever I wanted to," he said. "I know my teammates are coming up a lot and I know I'd like to try to make the camp up here, so I'm sure I'll be back up quite a bit and soon as well."
Among the schools Martin has already heard from are Ohio State, Michigan State, Syracuse and Alabama along with the Wolverines. It's awfully early to project offers, but Martin has the size and will have the coaching to put himself in a position to become a national prospect. Stay tuned to Wolverine247 as Martin's recruitment begins to take off.