Penn State released an updated roster on Monday evening, and one notable name missing from the list was freshman offensive guard Robert Martin. As it turns out, the rising redshirt freshman is no longer with the Penn State program, according to Sean Fitz of Lions247.
A member of the 2017 recruiting class, Martin came to Penn State as a mid-tier three-star prospect who chose the Nittany Lions over offers from Boston College, Maryland, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech. During his first year on campus, the 6-foot-4, 273-pound Martin struggled to crack the depth, which granted, is not all that unusual for a true freshman on the offensive line. But it appears after his first spring practice, Martin chose to move on from the program.
With the loss of Martin, Penn State still has an abundance of scholarship offensive linemen — 15 to be exact — on the roster. That number includes the incoming true freshmen — Rasheed Walker, Nana Asiedu, Juice Scruggs, and Bryce Effner — who will be enrolling with the program in the coming weeks.
Update: Martin tweeted that he’s decided to move on from football.
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 I’m am done with football. My love for playing has just decreased for a while. But I’m glad to say I’m very happy and can’t wait to pursue my future!— Robert Martin (@RobertFMartin71) May 15, 2018