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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers offer 2017 WR Oliver Martin

The Badgers go into Iowa City and get a camp superstar ignored by the Hawkguys.

Three-star wide receiver Oliver Martin
Three-star wide receiver Oliver Martin
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The spring and summer camp seasons are always an interesting time for a recruit. You find former four-star prospects who lose that star in transit for some reason, but you also have a prospect that while statistically dominant, isn’t in a place that’s thriving with prospects. Sometimes, they need to find camp success to get their deserved attention.

After a stellar camp performance in Madison, Iowa City (West), Ia., three-star wide receiver Oliver Martin received his first power-five offer from the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend, with Minnesota following soon after.

Coming into the summer, Martin was coming off a junior season where he caught 72 passes for 1,208 yards and 17 touchdowns, but the offer sheet was just your Michigan MAC directional schools (Eastern, Central and Western).

So he took to the camps, and to say he had success would be an accurate statement. He was the MVP of the Don Beebe House of Speed Combine Camp. Like tight end commit Jake Ferguson, Martin was one of the Highlights of The Opening in Chicago, gaining a spot at The Opening Finals in Oregon.

And while his 40-time at The Opening was a 4.65, he has run faster than that. With a shuttle that was 4.15, he will be able to get open even when he’s running at the lower end of his 40-time. He's a prospect that takes pride in his ability to route run and his hands, and the agility and 38-inch vertical leap makes him a potentially dangerous asset for whichever team signs him.

Read more on Martin from's "State of the Nation" ($) and's "Wisconsin Whispers" ($)