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Get To Know Ohio State Early Enrollee Tate Martell

With a total of 21 new players set to join the program for 2017, we'll be posting a quick breakdown on a player a day so you can learn more about the new Buckeyes. Next up, quarterback Tate Martell.


ACCOLADES: A U.S. Army All-American, Martell was also named the Gatorade and MaxPreps national player of the year after finishing his high school career a perfect 43-0 as the starting quarterback for Bishop Gorman. In that span, he threw 113 touchdown passes to just nine interceptions and won a national championship each year he was the starter behind center.

MARTELL SAYS: “I’m not thinking about 12 months, I’m thinking about right now. I want to play. I know I’m just going to go out there and do everything I can, and if I don’t play I know that’s on me and I know that Coach (Urban) Meyer is going to play the best guy and if I go prove that, I mean, that’s not my decision to make or anything. But I’m thinking about right now, I’m not thinking about 12 months.”

EXPERT’S TAKE: “On the high school level, Tate Martell is Johnny Manziel. He uses his feet and his football smarts to beat defenses and make plays outside the pocket. While he does not possess a rocket for an arm, it is adequate enough for the college level. Martell has been a winner all throughout his career, and he should be a player that relishes pressure situations, not shrink from the spotlight.” – Bill Greene

PERSONAL: The son of Tafi and Al Martell, Tate is originally from Southern California before his family moved to Las Vegas. He was committed to Washington and Texas A&M at different points in time before committing to Ohio State. Martell transferred high schools at the end of the fall semester in order to graduate and enroll early at Ohio State.

2017 OUTLOOK: It may be difficult for Martell to find playing time in what is already a crowded quarterback room. Barring anything drastic, fifth-year senior J.T. Barrett will be the starting signal caller in 2017. After Barrett, redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow and sophomore Dwayne Haskins are the likely candidates Martell will be competing with to get onto the field. If Martell can’t beat out either Burrow or Haskins a redshirt may be in play for the Las Vegas native.   

COMMIT DATE: June 12, 2016

This bio was originally published in Buckeye Sports Bulletin, the newspaper “For The Buckeye Fan Who Needs To Know More." For four free trial issues of Buckeye Sports Bulletin with no obligation, click here.

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