Signed: Robert Martin Has the Versatility to Move All Over the Offense Line for Penn State

By Chris Grovich on February 1, 2017 at 9:04 am
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Welcome to National Signing Day 2017 here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other Signing Day coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they come in. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)

Penn State adds to its stable of versatile, athletic offensive linemen with the addition of Robert Martin, an agile 6'5, 265-pound left tackle from New Jersey. Martin may end up a guard at one (or multiple) times during his Penn State career, although he told PennLive last May that he's willing and able to play all five offensive line positions.

Martin was the first offensive lineman of this class, with C.J. Thorpe also committing during the same Blue-White Weekend and Michael Miranda hopping aboard shortly thereafter.

Robert Martin
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6'5/265
High School: St. Joseph Regional (Nj.)
247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8594)
Positional Rank: No. 630 Overall, No. 64 Offensive Tackle, No. 16 in New Jersey
Commitment Date: April 16, 2016

Scouting Report

He isn't pigeonholed into a specific offensive line position and will probably end up a guy who plays at three different spots before finding a home. As Ryan Bates made clear in 2016, it's good to have a guard that could kick out to tackle in an emergency.

Martin is your prototypical "nasty in a good way" lineman. Instead of letting up after driving his opponent 10 yards out of the play, he'll push the kid 20 yards out of the play. He doesn't let up, even when the ball is 10 yards in front of him. He's also quite athletic and at his best when he's pulling and burying an unsuspecting linebacker. He's not a leaner that wins battles by simply being bigger.

Moving Forward

Considering the suddenly packed offensive line depth chart, Penn State has the luxury of redshirting its newest signees. Let's predict a red light for him as the coaches try to find his best position. It's also worth noting that Martin has grown a few inches over the past four years without putting on too much weight. Giving him time to fill out and continue to build muscle mass would be a great thing for his future and the team's future.

Highlights

2017 Offensive Line Scholarship Chart
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomore
Freshmen
2018 Commits
Brendan Mahon*
Noah Beh*
Ryan Bates*
Will Fries*
Chris Bleich
Andrew Nelson*
Brendan Brosnan*
Steven Gonzalez*
Alex Gellerstedt*
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Chasz Wright*
Sterling Jenkins*
Michal Menet*
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Connor McGovern
Desmond Holmes
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Robert Martin
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Michael Miranda
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C.J. Thorpe
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* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Robert.
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