Martin Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Harrisburg (Pa.) running back Robert Martin announced Rutgers as his college destination Friday evening at a press conference. Committing to Rutgers over finalists West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Martin discussed what set the Scarlet Knights apart in a 1-on-1 interview with

When it came down to decision time, Rutgers represented the perfect storm of opportunities for Harrisburg (Pa.) running back Robert Martin. Committing to Rutgers Friday evening over West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Martin saw something in the Scarlet Knights that he did not see elsewhere.

Martin, who committed to coach Kyle Flood just before his announcement, had a variety of reasons for choosing Rutgers over 13 other verbal scholarship offers.

"They have a really good program that's headed in the right direction," Martin said. "I know that when I go there, it's good for me in the long run."

Martin spoke with Flood tonight to formally make his commitment after multiple spring visits to campus.

"It felt great to call him up," Martin said. "I know they like me a lot there and he thinks I can help out early and be as part of a really good program."

Growing up on the edge of Big Ten country, the Rutgers move to the conference in 2014 stood out as a deciding factor.

"That's the biggest football network in the country, so it means a lot," Martin said. "Knowing that I can go there and use my talent and get out there is big."

West Virginia and Pittsburgh were both tough to turn down, Martin said, but the early recruitment from Rutgers and consistent contact with the staff "set them apart."

"It's the atmosphere," Martin said. "They've been recruiting me since day one, hard. It's really good to be going to play for [the Rutgers coaches]. They're really good guys and they bring out a family atmosphere. I can fit into their system and they've been telling me that since day one."

Martin will celebrate his commitment with family and friends this weekend, but said he has a message to other undecided recruits and future teammates.

"Come in and join this Rutgers tradition and chop," Martin said.

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