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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2014 RB Robert Martin receives first offers

By Josh Moyer

Robert Martin (Harrisburg, Pa/Harrisburg) felt his phone vibrate right before class started Wednesday morning. As soon as he peeked at his texts -- and the new message from his coach -- a quick smile crept across his face.

The junior tailback had been awaiting his first offer. With his coach's text message, that was no longer the case. In fact, he didn't just receive one. He grabbed two.

Temple and UMass offered him scholarships Wednesday. He tried to hide his smile quickly so his friends wouldn't catch on -- he didn't want to seem egotistical -- so he just kept the news to himself. They congratulated him a few hours later when they learned the news from Facebook and Twitter.

"I have to say, I was getting a little impatient," Martin acknowledged. "But it's a relief now. I was like, 'This is getting ridiculous,' but my coach told me to just wait. So now I got some relief, and I just have to work harder now."

The Owls' coaching staff has been after the junior tailback for quite some time, but Martin had never before heard from UMass. He spoke with running backs coach Roderick Plummer later in the day, and the Minutemen made a good first impression.

"He said he wanted me to come to their junior day, and he said he liked my film," the Pennsylvania product said. "He said I looked like I could be an every-down back."

The recruitment of the 6-foot, 190-pound tailback is just starting to heat up. He's receiving heavy interest from UConn, Maryland, Penn State and Pitt -- and he'd prefer to stay close to home. He just received an invitation to Connecticut's junior day in the mail, and he's still sorting through all the letters to determine what junior days he plans on attending.

He already wants to attend the Nittany Lions' Feb. 23 junior day, but he's not so sure where else he might go.

For now, on Wednesday afternoon, he was just enjoying the big bookmark of his recruitment -- his first offers. He said he was still smiling from this morning, realizing it's now official. He has a future in college football. And it's only getting started.

"I was just walking around happy today," he said with a laugh. "Having that off my chest, getting those scholarships, it just felt like it was supposed to happen."