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Decatur (Ala.) Austin 4-star RB Asa Martin discusses Michigan offer
“I’m really interested in Michigan. That’s a big-time offer,” Decatur (Ala.) Austin RB recruit Asa Martin said Thursday after receiving his offer from Michigan.
A 4-star prospect according to 247Sports, Martin is ranked as the nation’s 223rd-best prospect and the No. 10 RB recruit nationally.
Martin recently transferred from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy – the nation’s No. 2 prep school – back home to Decatur.
A back that truly brings it all to the table, Martin is a serious option for Michigan. His film showcases his ability to run the ball with great vision, quickness and lateral movement. On top of that, he’s a good blocker, assisting well in pass protection, and can catch the ball out of the backfield – something Michigan wanted but didn’t get in its two running back commitments in 2017.
His interest lies deep with schools in the South, specifically the in-state Auburn Tigers, and Ole Miss – the two schools that have the only three 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, two listing the Tigers.
Michigan is the fourth Big Ten school to offer, as Martin possesses offers from Maryland, Rutgers and Wisconsin.
It’s hard to tell just how serious Michigan will be in its pursuit of the Top 250 recruit. But Martin’s interest in the maize-and-blue definitely is real.
“Coach Jay Harbaugh, the running backs coach, offered me,” Martin said. “We had a really good conversation about Michigan as a whole, and stuff about me and my family.
“I plan to visit, though I’m not sure what day … the offer ranks really high on my list.”
As he said, expect the Alabama native to head north for a visit to Ann Arbor.
Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter 3-star CB Christian Jackson acts quickly to visit Michigan, ‘loved’ the trip
Not that highly touted by the composite rankings, sitting at No. 776 in the country, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter 3-star CB Christian Jackson has been blowing up recently. After receiving an offer from three Group of Five schools, Jackson received Power 5 offers from Michigan and Michigan State.
After receiving the Michigan offer on Jan. 30, it took fewer than 30 days for the Georgia native to take the long trip up to Ann Arbor for a visit on Thursday.
“It was great,” he said. “I loved it.”
With Michigan being the only Power 5 school that he’s visited to offer him – he was expected to visit Michigan State on Friday – you have to pin the Wolverines at or near the top for Jackson, with the Spartans in there, too.
The highlight of his visit? An easy answer.
“Just Coach Jim Harbaugh,” he said. “He’s a funny guy.”
Jackson is 6-foot-1, and that’s become a trend for the Wolverines as they look to target bigger corners. They hope to land three or four in the upcoming class.
Naples (Fla.) unranked S Sammy Faustin thinks Michigan can turn him into a Peppers-type player
Currently unranked, Naples (Fla.) S recruit Sammy Faustin has blown up lately – blown up. He had zero offers when the calendar turned to 2017, but since then Faustin has received five offers – four of them coming from Power 5 schools.
The Michigan offer rolled through on Thursday, and Faustin went more in-depth about the offer with Land of 10 on Friday.
“I play corner in high school, but (Michigan) wants me to play safety,” he said. “I think players like Jabrill Peppers are very hard to find, and there are not many like him that can do what he does. But with the right coaching, I can become that kind of player.”
Faustin went on to say that he has a very strong interest in the Wolverines, and has his sights set on visiting soon. Don’t be surprised if he’s at the spring game.
As for his conversations with Michigan’s staff right now, they’re a bit preliminary, but the interest sounds mutual.
“(The conversation) was casual, we talked a lot about the school,” Faustin said of his conversation with safeties coach Brian Smith and defensive coordinator Don Brown. “He asked me if I liked the cold … I told him yeah, and we talked more about the offer.”
Again, it’s preliminary with Faustin, but this rangy defensive back has an elite tackling ability in the open field. A ranking will come soon; expect him to sit in the Top 400, possibly cracking the Top 200 by the end of his senior season.