TE/WR - 6-5/220/4.7
Northern HS (Pontiac, MI)
NR: **** - Position Rank: #17
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GBW Recruiting Road Trip: Martell Webb -
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.”