Redshirt freshman Robert Martin, an offensive line recruit from 2017 signing class is no longer listed on the Nittany Lion roster. Penn State updated their official roster on Monday with four new early enrollees, and the New Jersey native no longer appears.
Martin was a three-star prospect when he signed in 2017, and one of the first members of the class to commit to the Nittany Lions. He spent the 2017 season as a scout team member, and did not see any action during last month's Blue-White Game.
While classmates C.J. Thorpe and Mike Miranda had already seen their names appear on the depth chart, Martin found himself fighting for a role among a suddenly very deep group of offensive linemen.
With Martin's departure, the Nittany Lions are one spot closer to the NCAA mandated limit of 85 they must hit before the 2018 season. According to our scholarship grid, the current count stands at 86 heading into the summer.
Update: Robert Martin tweeted about the news of his departure from the football program. The New Jersey native said that he's decided to move on from the sport entirely.
I want to thank the entire penn state coaching staff for the opportunities they have given me, it is sad yet relieving to say that Im am done with football. My love for playing has just decreased for a while. But Im glad to say Im very happy and cant wait to pursue my future!— Robert Martin (@RobertFMartin71) May 15, 2018