But after attending games last fall, the Chandler Park Academy (Mich.) junior wide receiver got back on campus for a visit last week.
”I hadn’t been there in a while, but I had been communicating with the wide receiver coach, Coach (Terry) Samuel, and Coach (Curtis) Blackwell,” he said. “I came up there and watched practice, just chilling with the coaches.
It was not really new to me, it’s just more so nice to be back and see everything and them wanting me down there to built a relationship.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Martin said not much had changed since the last time he saw Michigan State practice and play. The tempo remained the same, he said, as players constantly were on the go and playing with intensity.
”They practice hard, they work hard and they are very physical,” he said. “They were in shells, not even full pads, and they were hitting full force and competing.
”That is one thing that stood out was they were competing and paying attention to detail.”
Martin, who would have been on campus sooner had he not missed camp with a groin injury, said he has an open invite to come back for any games he wants to see this fall.
“I know they want to feel comfortable with me,” he said. “They want me to come to any game I want to come to or if there is a game that stands out to me that I really want to go see, like when they play Ohio State or Michigan, I can feel free to come.
”They said I can come up whenever to build a better rapport and a better relationship.”
Michigan State was not the only stop last week for Martin, though, as he headed to Indiana to take his first visit outside the state of Michigan. With family on his mother’s side living in the state, he took the trip with his mom, brother and uncle.
They left with high praise for the Hoosiers and one thing that had never been seen on another visit by Martin.
“After practice, they introduced me to the guys and I had never had that happen before,” he said. “They introduced me, told them where I was from and what position I played. They said they want me to come back and I know for sure I want to come back.”
Martin said the tour he received consisted of meeting a lot of coaches, including five strength and conditioning coaches, and seeing one of the best facilities he has seen to date.
From talking with the players at Indiana, he also realized what a dream school it is for a wide receiver in the Hoosiers pass-oriented offense.
“That plays a huge role because as a receiver, I just love to catch the ball,” he said. “I have loved to do that since I was a little kid, having my dad throw me the ball. Knowing they throw the ball a lot, that’s a huge plus for me. I think I could fit in quite well and have some fun with their receivers.
”I talked to one of their receivers, who said there isn’t a place like this that throws the ball all the time. You have fun as a receiver and make big plays.”