Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional three-star offensive lineman Rob Martin is back from a spring road trip and has two important local visits set for back-to-back weekends.
Penn State hosts Martin for its spring game this weekend, and is already locked into the top eight schools when he trims his list. Martin saw Penn State with his grandfather last year, and will be back on campus with dad and uncle for the spring game.
“I’m really pumped actually,” Martin said. “It’s a school that’s definitely in my top eight, and I’m excited for my dad to see it.
“When I went to all of these other schools, I saw a great OL coach or a great head coach but Penn State comes together with a full coaching staff, great academics, everything is great.”
Big Ten competitor Rutgers hosts Martin the following weekend. Rutgers offered Martin before its coaching change, but became a more serious contender after the transition to coach Chris Ash.
“Coach Ash is really changing the program to something great,” Martin said. “He’s trying to build a national playoff-contending team. They could easily win if they keep up the progress that they’re having. A lot of players weren’t too happy under [former coach Kyle] Flood but that’s changed.”
Martin plans to spend time after the game with starting offensive linemen Chris Muller and Tariq Cole that could include a fishing trip. He speaks often with sophomore defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins, another St. Joe’s graduate.
“I talk to him a bunch and he’s said the program is being changed so much,” Martin said. “They’re so positive and confident. I believe they can get it done.”
Martin returned home this week after he saw five ACC schools. Martin saw North Carolina, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Duke with the Blue Devils climbing the most in his eyes.
“It was an awesome week,” Martin said. “I wasn’t really considering Duke at all at first, but when I walked in there I fell in love with everything right away. Their coaches are great and the academic support was absolutely impressive.”