Martin Talks Offers, Recruiting

Harrisburg (Pa.) High running back Robert Martin picked up three offers in one day last week, and he is hearing from several other schools. He spoke with FOXSportsNEXT about his recruitment, and what he knows about the schools checking on him.

Robert Martin was asked to play linebacker to fill a need for Harrisburg (Pa.) High last season, but it didn't alter his ability as a running back, and schools are taking notice.

During one day last week he was offered by Massachusetts, Temple and Rutgers. He is also getting interest from Connecticut, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Old Dominion.

"At the beginning of the year I played linebacker, but then I started to focus on running back," the 6-foot, 190-pound Martin. "I like running back more because people can rely on you more and you can help your team out by putting some points on the board."

Martin, who could also play safety in college, said he plans on making a visit to Rutgers to learn more about the school.

"I saw a couple of their games on t.v., and I know (linebacker) Kevin Snyder goes to the school," Martin said. "But that's about it. I don't know him but I just heard about him playing for Cumberland Valley."

Martin received his offer through running backs coach Norries Wilson.

"He said he liked my film," Martin said. "He sounds like a good person, and he sounds like he knows what he's talking about and he'd love to have me on the team next year."

Martin is coming off a junior season in which he rushed for 1,812 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns, and it is why interest is increasing.

His teammate, linebacker Chris Britton, signed with UConn earlier this month and schools made it a point to stop by and check on both of them.

One such school was Penn State, and coach Bill O'Brien and assistant Larry Johnson made the trek to check in on Martin.

"That was a nice experience," Martin said. "I like what they're doing but I didn't grow up a fan. I've been up there a couple of times, but not to any football games, and I know Jordan Hill. That's about it."

Martin added he plans on visiting campus, possibly as soon as Saturday's junior day, and he is eager to learn more about the Nittany Lions.

UConn is also intriguing to Martin because of his connection with Britton. When the Huskies were recruiting Britton, assistant coach Hank Hughes made it a point to check in on Martin.

"Chris said they liked me a lot," Martin said. "The defensive line coach (Hughes) was the one recruiting Chris, and is recruiting me. He was a good dude. The coach said they were really interested in me."

Martin added although UMass offered, he doesn't know anything about the program. Temple's knew staff was the one to extend the offer, but he is familiar with the former staff, which is now at Boston College

. Pittsburgh and Old Dominion are two other programs showing interest in Martin, but he said he knows very little about each program.


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