"I've verbally committed to Cincinnati but have not signed my letter of intent," Martin said from Arizona. "I plan on signing on Monday and very excited to be a Bearcat."
For Martin the road to Division One football took a side step, but Cincinnati was a program that always showed interest.
"Cincinnati was recruiting me when I was in high school. But they just didn't have a scholarship when the time came so I committed to Ball State. I didn't clear the clearinghouse with my test scores so I planned on going to Joliet Junior College until Coach Minnick took the job at Western Arizona and asked if I had interest in going with him."
How did Martin and the Bearcats get back in touch?
"I was kind of late in getting my highlight tape out so I was not in a position to do anything on signing day. But my position coach here helped me put my highlights on YouTube and then my former high school coach also sent it out to several colleges. One of them was Cincinnati and they made contact with me. I ended up with a lot of schools showing interest by knew I wanted to be close to my parents so they my family could see me play."
While Kerry Coombs made a great impression on Martin during his high school recruitment, it was the work of Coach (Jon) Jancek that sold Martin the second time around.
"Coach Coombs is a great guy but I committed to Coach Jancek the linebackers coach. He the other coaches I spoke with seemed very excited about my commitment. Cincinnati is looking for me to be a middle linebacker when I get there."
With his graduation set for May, Martin already has his plans set.
"I'm planning on coming in early in the summer to get to work. We got a new strength and conditioning coach here and he's doing great things and I look forward to getting to Cincinnati to continue what I'm building on here.
At 6-foot-2, 230-pounds, Martin has great physical size and knows his strengths and weakness.
"I feel my strengths are my ability to read and react and my aggressiveness but I know I really need to work on my pass coverage to have total success."
Having made the move from Indiana to Arizona was a major growing experience but Martin is positive the move to Cincinnati will not be as hard.
"When I first got here homesickness set in at the start, but I got adjusted to it and the weather was always good so I couldn't complain too much about being here. I know I'll miss Arizona when I leave as it's a great place. But I also know there are going to be a few guys from Pike High School at Cincinnati when I get there so I look for the transition to be a smooth one."
With the loss of Andre Revels at the linebacker position getting Robert Martin at this late stage is a major boost. But one of the other areas that will help the Bearcats in the long run is the relationships being built at Pike High School in future recruiting.