At Rose Bowl Media Day on December 30th, Tathan “Tate” Martell declared he was “100 percent sure” he was going to be the starting quarterback at Ohio State for the 2019 season.
Just 17 days later, Martell is transferring to The University of Miami after his name was found in the NCAA transfer portal last week.
Martell had been seen visiting the campus of “The U” a couple days ago on his Instagram story as well as West Virginia University a few days ago, which was also among his top transfer destinations.
After two years and no starts at Ohio State, Tate Martell is leaving the state of Ohio and taking his talents to South Beach like a certain NBA star did almost nine years ago.
Martell’s decision to transfer comes on the heels of Georgia quarterback and 2018 five-star recruit Justin Fields transferring to Ohio State. Fields was expected to compete with Martell and Matthew Baldwin for the starting job in 2019, although Fields seemed to be the clear-cut favorite to win the job.
The decision to transfer contradicts many of Martell’s statements at the Rose Bowl Media Day.
“Why would I leave for somebody who hasn’t put a single second into this program yet?” said Martell. “I’ve put two years of working my ass off into something that I’ve been praying for and dreaming of my whole life. To just run from somebody that hasn’t put a single second into workouts or anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance. This has been my dream since I was young, to play for Ohio State. I am not just going to walk away from something that I put so much time into.”
Walk away he will though, as after two seasons of sitting behind other quarterbacks, Martell has evidently run out of patience and will look to be the starting quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes.
Martell isn’t the only quarterback to recently transfer out of Ohio State as now LSU starting quarterback Joe Burrow did so this past spring.
There’s probably a ton of other schools I could play for right now. Just look at what Joe [Burrow] did,” Martell said at Rose Bowl Media Day. “Joe leaves, gets one summer with the team, and he is the starting quarterback at an SEC program. It just shows the talent we have in the program.”
The former Gatorade National High School Player Of The Year will now take the same route as Burrow and leave Ohio State to pursue a starting job at another university.
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