Acton (MA) Buckingham Browne and Nichols linebacker Tyler Martin, a class of 2022 prospect, committed to Michigan on Friday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, and UMass, among others.
Martin is listed at 6’3″ and 245 lbs.
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #7 ILB, #290 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.9 grade, #3 ILB, #106 overall
247 Sports: 3-star, 85 grade, #24 ILB
Hit the jump for more on Martin’s commitment.
Martin was offered by Michigan during his freshman year. It seemed somewhat inevitable that he would eventually commit to the Wolverines, but we’ve seen those stories play out differently in the past. High school teammate Zak Zinter joined Michigan in the 2020 class. The not-if-but-when situation came to a head recently when he announced he would be committing on September 11, and with no other teams pushing to the forefront, the pick was obvious.
Martin is only at the beginning of his junior year, so there is a lot of time to develop. I’ll skip straight to the conclusion here to say that I don’t see him as an inside linebacker in today’s game. He is rather large and stiff, and his closing speed leaves a lot to be desired. Martin is the polar opposite of guys like Kalel Mullings, Devin Bush, and Cameron McGrone, who have previously been recruited to play middle linebacker. Martin has thick legs, needs to read and react quicker, and does not hit with the violence one would expect of a 6’3″ linebacker who’s listed anywhere from 235-245 pounds.
I think Martin’s future will be on the defensive line or perhaps on offense in some sort of H-back role, but the player that comes to mind is Vince Helmuth. Helmuth was a 2007 Michigan signee from Saline (MI) Saline, who outgrew fullback to end up at defensive tackle before transferring to Miami-OH and trying his hand at offensive guard. Helmuth was a guy who seemed to succeed in high school because he was just bigger than everyone with some decent athleticism, but that didn’t translate to college success.
Michigan now has two commitments in the 2022 class, where he joins defensive tackle Alex VanSumeren. The size of the 2022 class is anyone’s guess.
TTB Rating: I will not be handing out TTB Ratings for 2022 guys yet.
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