We’re just over a week away from National Signing Day, and the Syracuse University coaching staff is trying to put the finishing touches on its class of 2016. One of the newest names to emerge as a priority for Dino Babers and his staff is Jalen Martin, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver currently committed to Iowa State.

Wide receiver is perceived as an area of need for Babers and his offense, and while the Orange have recently gotten pledges from Devin Butler and Sean Riley, they’re looking to shore up the receiving corps a bit more. Martin would give the Orange another tall, athletic receiver in the pass friendly offense, and would join Butler as one of just two “true” outside receivers to be recruited into the system this year. Riley, at 5-foot-9 and with tremendous lateral agility, is seen as a slot receiver, in contrast.

Martin, a Michigan native, was originally committed to Toledo but as more big programs started paying attention, flipped his commitment to Iowa State just last week. He also holds offers from Central Michigan, Miami (OH), Akron, and Western Michigan, among others. The tall, athletic Martin claims a 40 time of 4.53 seconds according to 247Sports (Scout lists his 40 time at 4.68, meaning his actual time is more than likely right around 4.6 flat), and with a 6-foot-3, 200 pound frame would add a physical presence to the passing game for the Orange.

It’ll be tough to pry Martin away from Iowa State, since he’s now committed to head coach Matt Campbell twice – first at Toledo, and now with the Cyclones. But if Syracuse is able to get the talented athlete on campus, they could still potentially lure the 3-star talent to upstate New York. The next step will obviously be getting him to agree to an official visit, which would obviously need to take place this weekend, since National Signing Day is next Wednesday.

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