This one has been a long time coming. Michigan adds the 2nd member to its 2022 recruiting class with the addition of an extremely familiar name on the trail as Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (MA) LB Tyler Martin finally committed to the Wolverines.
Old school linebacker. Everyone will call him that because, well, that’s exactly how you would describe his game. He’s a stout, downhill thumper that has decent athleticism but not quite the sideline to sideline speed that today’s game desires. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t fit into today’s game. He’s extremely smart and a leader of the defense. Stronger against the run, he can shed blockers and get to the ball carrier. Pass coverage is ok and will be something he’ll need to continue to improve on.
With a college ready body just now heading into his junior season, there are questions on his future position in the winged helmet. Will he stick at linebacker? Outgrow the position and move down to the defensive line? Or could he make the move to offense and fill the Ben Mason “fullback/special teams ace” role? My money would be sticking at linebacker. But wherever he ends up, look for him to make an early impact and become a consistent contributor.
This was a recruitment I thought was going to be wrapped up a while ago. Martin was offered back in 2018 as an 8th grader and has been a name to watch ever since. It was clear he was feeling the Wolverines from earlier on thanks to Don Brown and the now well built northeast connection.
Martin visited Ann Arbor numerous times over the last 2.5 years and has grown a tight connection with pretty much the entire staff. He’s always been a fit at Michigan but went through the recruiting process for three years, receiving offers from several middle of the road Power Five programs. I think everyone knows he was going to end up at Michigan and he followed through with that belief as he committed to the staff 28 months after receiving his offer.
- Height: 6’3”
- Weight: 240lbs
- Hometown (School): Acton, MA (Buckingham Browne & Nichols School)
- Notable Offers: Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Arkansas, Virginia
- Rankings: Rivals (4*, #106 overall) – 247Sports (3*, #24 ILB) – ESPN (4*, #290 overall)
- Composite Ranking: Four-star, #271 Overall, #10 ILB, #1 in Massachusetts
As for the Rest of the Class
Martin is just the 2nd commitment of the class, the first linebacker, and the first out of Massachusetts. The class looks to be in fantastic shape with a couple of big time targets and in prime position for several others. Some big names to keep an eye on over the next couple of months include WR Tyler Martin, CB Jaeden Gould, WR Kaleb Brown, LB Joshua Burnham, and former commit FS Myles Rowser. Don’t be surprised in Michigan dips back into Massachusetts yet again for OT Sully Wideman and/or OL Ty Chan.
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