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Checking In With New PSU Commit Rob Martin

The New Jersey offensive lineman talks about his decision to become a Nittany Lion.

Rob Martin rolled into Happy Valley this weekend knowing full well how things were going to play out.

Not in Penn State’s Blue-White Game, which was staged Saturday afternoon before 65,000 fans in Beaver Stadium. But rather in his own recruitment.

Let’s just say the three-star prospect from St. Joseph Regional in Montvale, N.J., was PSU bound in more ways than one.

"On the way to Penn State, I called Coach (James) Franklin to tell him I have some excited news for him,” Martin said. “The entire staff knew before I got on campus that I was going to Penn State." 

He officially committed Saturday morning. Why?

"After all the schools I had visited in the past, none had (everything on) my checklist of what I wanted in a school."

What exactly was on that checklist?

“Great head coach, great offensive line coach, great strength coach and great facilities,” Martin said. “Penn State could check them all off. Everything at Penn State is top notch.”

There was a lot to like about his Penn State visit, too, including the fact that four-star offensive tackle C.J. Thorpe committed to the Lions around the same time.

“The visit was great,” Martin said. “It was awesome how the atmosphere was just for a spring game. Also, I got to hang out with the 2016 commits and 2017 commits. … I hung out with new offensive line commit C.J. Thorpe, too.”

The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder is now turning into a recruiter himself.

“Oh yeah, we are trying to get a couple of guys from New Jersey,” he said. “I can't say who they are because they don’t want it out.”

Any hints?

“The two guys who are close to committing play linebacker and defensive tackle,” he said. 

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