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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Interest picking up for RB Robert Martin

By Josh Moyer

Less than a month ago, tailback Robert Martin was wondering when his first scholarship offer might roll in. Now, after reeling in a half-dozen, he's just wondering who might be next.

"I knew they were going to come," the tailback out of Harrisburg (Pa.) said. "I just didn't know they were going to come in like they did. I wouldn't have believed it. I knew it was possible, but I probably wouldn't have believed it if you told me."

The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect has seen his recruitment pick up considerably in the last three weeks. With a penchant for breaking the long run, he has earned quite a few looks -- and scholarship offers from UMass, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo and West Virginia.

He's also garnering heavy interest from Boston College and Penn State. He attended his first junior day last week in Happy Valley, and although he didn't come away with an offer, he's hoping the staff there might reconsider.

"I was disappointed, but that's just how recruiting works," he said. "I can't be mad. Right now, I don't know what's up with them, so I'm just going to go on with my recruiting process and see what happens."

PSU currently has two tailback commits in its class -- one of whom also could play safety -- so it might not have room for Martin. Still, the tailback is finding he has plenty of options.

He's planning future trips to Rutgers and West Virginia, and his coach told him to expect more offers in the near future -- maybe even as early as this week. Martin said he is just trying to keep in shape in the weight room and take his recruiting process slowly, so he's trying to relax as best he can.

He'll play Black Ops 2 against Jordan Hill, a friend and Penn State player who is gearing up for the NFL draft, to help him unwind. But time off is few and far between.

That's just fine with Martin, though -- as long as he meets one of his major goals.

"I hope to be at 15 or 20 scholarships by summer," he said. "That was [my] goal all along, and I think I can get that goal. I will get that goal."