Finally.  After a long wait period, Oliver Martin will get to start for a NCAA football team in his childhood hometown.

Highly recruited out of Iowa City West High School, Martin chose to play football at the University of Michigan.  After the 2018 football season, Martin put his name into the transfer portal and chose to attend Iowa.  His eligibility was up for decision by the NCAA.

The University of Iowa put out a press release today.

University of Iowa sophomore wide receiver Oliver Martin has been approved for immediate eligibility by the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference. Martin, a native of Coralville, Iowa and a graduate of Iowa City West High School, transferred to the Hawkeye football program this summer.

We are pleased that the NCAA and Big Ten Conference have approved Oliver’s waiver to play this season. Oliver is a tremendous young man who has been working hard since the day he set foot on our campus this summer. His teammates are excited to have him on the practice field and in the weight room, and we look forward to Oliver being able to contribute to our team. - Coach Ferentz

 

I am ecstatic that the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference have approved our waiver request. I want to thank my coaches and my teammates for their help as I work to get ready. I have been dreaming of running out of the tunnel wearing the black and gold ever since I decided to join the program. I can’t wait to contribute to this team on the field. - WR Oliver Martin

Iowa opens the 2019 season Saturday, Aug. 31, hosting Miami, Ohio (6:40 p.m. CT, FS1)