Friday, January 18, 2013
5 Questions: 2014 RB Robert Martin
By Josh Moyer
Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about Penn State and other news.
This week's subject is Robert Martin, a 2014 tailback out of Harrisburg (Pa.) who's being recruited by the Nittany Lions. Martin has recently seen his recruitment pick up after rushing for 1,812 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season. He averaged more than 12 yards a carry.
NittanyNation: Where is your interest in Penn State right now?
Robert Martin: It's definitely a school I like. I like the program, and I see that they're still building it up because they got the No. 1 quarterback in the country, Christian Hackenberg. So, yeah, they're keeping up their recruitment and I would like to play there.
I like seeing how Jordan Hill did with the program. Me and him share the same personality for real; he came from a little school and worked his way in. I like how their offense is, and I feel l could play a huge role.
NN: You weren't getting all that much recruiting attention at the start of your junior season, but it's really picked up since you sent out your film. What do you think coaches see from that film -- what do you especially do well, and what do you need to work on?
RM: I think the coaches like seeing the big runs and me not getting tackled from behind. The Pitt coach said he thought I ran track because he said the long runs on my highlight tape show me keeping a constant speed. I think that's what a lot of coaches see. ... I run like a 4.5 or 4.6, but I never really learned how to run the 40. When I do learn how to run it, it's going to be like a 4.4 or 4.5 consistently.
And I just need to get a stronger house. I need to get my legs stronger, and I need to still try to increase my speed and get my upper body stronger. I just want to break more tackles and make sure I can stay in-bounds when people hit me and stuff like that, and get a good knee drive and explosion to get to holes even faster.
NN: What's one reason that would really make you want to commit to Penn State and one reason that might prevent you from committing in the future?
RM: One thing is that Coach Bill O'Brien, he knows how to get people to the NFL and he's got good connects. So if I could go there and shine like I'm supposed to, I'd have a good chance of getting into the draft. And one thing that could keep me away is maybe next year if they're talking about Bill O'Brien maybe leaving for the NFL again.
I mean, I'd be like a little nervous. What if I'd go to that school and he would be leaving to coach NFL ball? That's just what I'd be thinking about there.
NN: What are your priorities in a school?
RM: I look for tradition that the school has, how their academic program is and just if the school stands out to me and makes me feel like I could honestly see myself there -- and just how far it is, too. That plays a part to it. I like it close, so I wouldn't want to be too far away. You never know, my senior year I might want to get away. But, right know, I want to stay within driving distance.
NN: What are your goals for your senior season?
RM: I'm trying to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game. I saw the troops down there, and I really enjoy seeing them and how they come out, and I just like that. I want to rush for 2,000 this year and I would like to pick my school at one of those [all-star] games -- if I get more offers.
After seeing how big those dudes are at those games and all that hard work -- sometimes I'll just be on ESPN's RecruitingNation, watching some of these dudes' highlight tapes -- I know I got to keep pushing myself. That's what's in my head when I'm working out.