TE/WR - 6-5/220/4.7
Northern HS (Pontiac, MI)
NR: **** - Position Rank: #17
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Martell Webb had always fancied himself
as more of a basketball player than football player growing up, but very early
in his recruiting process he learned that his collegiate future would be best
spent on the gridiron. Michigan
was the first program to offer in March of 2006 and it wasn't long before he
decided to go ahead and commit. Despite offers from Boston College, Michigan State, Western Michigan, and late interest from the Miami Hurricanes, Webb
settled in on the Maize and Blue.
"I've had in my mind that I was going to do it," Webb told GoBlueWolverine
on May 2nd. "I just got the okay from my parents so I went ahead and committed
when I talked to coach Carr."
Michigan's status as Webb's childhood favorite made choosing the Wolverines
a no-brainer. He had a much tougher time deciding whether to give up
basketball and which position he would once he arrives in Ann Arbor
"(The football coaches) said it would be good…they said it would
be cool," Webb said regarding playing football and basketball at Michigan. "I
talked to Coach Amaker. He said he has to get out and see a little bit more
of me. He hasn't seen me, but some of the assistant coaches have and they like
what they saw. He wants to get out his self and see me play. I'm the tallest
on my team that's why I play inside a lot. Actually, I play it all for my team.
I'll play wing guard in college."
The task of playing two sports at the college level is an arduous one, especially
when you take into account the rigorous academic demands. Webb's attempt will
be even more difficult because in his primary sport…football…he
will have to learn more than your average freshman. While on his official visit
last weekend, Webb learned he would also be tackling two positions next fall.
"We talked about where I would play and they said I could play a little
bit of receiver and a little bit of tight end," he recalled. "They
want me to learn both positions. I just have to get the plays down pat so I
can get playing time as a freshman. That's the big thing…learning these
plays. They can't hand me a playbook until I sign, so he was talking to me
and going through plays on the board and I was taking notes. We were discussing
going through motions and different kinds of formations. It was a lot, man.
I've got to jump on it so I can learn it."
Martell Webb is an imposing athlete that could add the big play element to
the tight end position for the Wolverines. Though he considers himself
more a wide receiver at this point in his career, he will probably come to
realize he can make a bigger impact at tight end. He has the speed
to run past linebackers and stretch the field down the seam. He is
also an excellent jump ball threat. At wide receiver he would be able
to outmuscle most corners faced, but he would be unable to create as much
separation with his speed. He will need to improve his speed and learn
how to block. Once he does, he'll have all of the tools to be a standout
player for the Wolverine.
"I'm big and I'm hard to stop," said Webb. "If I get
this forty-time down, then I'll be alright. As soon as I graduate in
June I have to be up there everyday working out with the team and learning
the plays,” said Webb. That's the main thing…learning the plays
and getting my body ready. I'm 6-5 220 right now, but I want to get faster.
I ran track two years ago, but I'm going to get on the track team this year.
I'll run the 100 and 200.”