Robert Martin picked Rutgers in the summer, but then had his senior year come crashing down with a torn ACL. Martin went down in Harrisburg's opener, and has not been active on a football field since.
That changes in two weeks when Martin enrolls at Rutgers for classes and summer workouts. Rehabbing all year after his surgery, Martin is nearing 100 percent.
"I've got to get cleared, but right now I feel like I'm 90 percent," Martin said. "I've been doing drills with my running backs coach, and he said that I look good. I've still got to get cleared by them, so I have to wait for that."
Martin received a specialized exorcise plan from Rutgers strength coach Jeremy Cole after signing his Letter of Intent. The incoming running back followed it closely, and feels ready for the next step.
"My offseason workouts have been good. I can lift upper body, lower body, squats," Martin said. "I've been cutting and running and stuff like that. I've been limited at the beginning, but since my fifth month, I've been lifting weights and running. In my sixth month, I've been doing cutting and stuff like that.
"I'm ready to get back on the football field and start my career off at a different level with different teammates and different coaches," he said. "I want to see what it's like at college."
Martin is eager to represent his hometown of Harrisburg at the next level, especially after receiving a special message from fellow Harrisburg native LeSean McCoy.
The Philadelphia Eagle star offered Martin a Twitter shout out as the next big thing out of Harrisburg.
"That was definitely cool, but it's more big just to make my family, my fans proud and show them what I can do at the next level," Martin said. "I'm trying to eventually take my talents to the NFL, and I know I have to keep on working hard to reach that dream.
"I'm definitely excited to play close to home so my family and friends can come see me."
Martin enrolls at Rutgers June 22 for workouts and classes. He will need to be medically cleared by team doctors before participating in training camp.
Martin expects to be ready to play for running backs coach Norries Wilson and offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen.
"I'm pretty happy to be coached by coach Wilson. We've got a good bond all through my recruiting process, and now too. He's a good coach, and I like what he does. I haven't talked to coach Friedgen, but I know that he likes to run and that he's going to do whatever to win. He's going to put the best players on the field."