Michigan’s 2022 class doubled on Friday when four-star linebacker Tyler Martin announced his commitment.
Martin committed to Michigan over other offers from Boston College, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Virginia, Syracuse, UMass and Dartmouth.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder from Acton, Massachusetts is the latest player from his state to commit to the Wolverines. In fact, he is the seventh player from the state of Massachusetts to commit to Michigan over the last three recruiting cycles (2020-22).
Don Brown offered Martin his very first scholarship back on May 31, 2018. Brown made Martin a priority recruit for the program ever since. He got the chance to visit Ann Arbor in in March 2019 as well.
Martin announced his commitment date earlier this week, and told Maize n Brew on Monday why he decided to commit so soon.
“Just found the right place for my family and I,” he said.
247Sports’ Brian Dohn had this to say when scouting Martin:
Strong, thick build ideal for inside linebacker. Can bulk up and play on the defensive line or can drop weight and play linebacker. Has mentality to play inside the box as a linebacker. Strength is already an asset. Plays physical with little wasted movement. Sorts through traffic to get to ball carrier. Takes on blocks and disengages well. Intelligent player. Prepares well. Top end spend a concern. Has to show he can get to the edge against elite competition. Work on lateral movement is needed. Improvement needed in depth drops in coverage. Power 5 starter.
It will be interesting to see where Martin’s body development goes from here. At this point, he will either need to bulk up to play defensive line, like Chase Winovich did, or lose weight some weight to play linebacker. I believe Brown and the Wolverines would prefer him to play linebacker, so dropping some weight shouldn’t be too difficult for Martin to handle.
Now with Martin in the fold, Michigan can focus on a couple other linebacker targets in the 2022 class, including four-star in-stater Joshua Burnham, four-star in-stater Michael Williams and four-star Sebastian Cheeks. With so many linebackers coming in from the 2020 class, and four linebackers currently committed in 2021, Michigan can be selective with who else it takes in 2022.
Martin joins in-state four-star defensive tackle Alex VanSumeren in Michigan’s 2022 class, which is now ranked No. 11 overall.
Check out some of Martin’s sophomore year highlights below.