Las Vegas (Nev.) sophomore quarterback Tate Martell is a prospect whose name comes up often in conversation among recruitniks.
Martell, who recently unofficially
visited USC this month, was committed to Steve Sarkisian more than a
year ago as a Husky, but he has taken recruiting slowly since
de-committing after the coaching change at Washington.
“I went down to USC a few weeks back to see the school,” said Martell.
“I actually met up with one of the assistant recruiting directors, who
is just like a freshman at the school. He saw me walking around by
myself and asked if I’d like to go through the normal tour.
“He took me through all of the buildings and everything, so it was
really cool. I have never seen the weight room and facilities before.
I’ve been on campus, but that was the first time seeing it all and it
was really nice.”
Although assistant coach Peter Sirmon recruits Las Vegas for USC,
Martell’s relationship with Sarkisian supersedes the normal protocols
“Almost every time I talk to USC Coach Sark gets on the phone,” said
Martell. “I talk to Coach (Clay) Helton too, I have a really good
relationship with Sark.
“USC is still and option for me now that K.J. Costello isn’t going
there, so that’s something I’m considering.”
While USC may still take a quarterback in the 2016 class, Martell is
confident that he can interject a unique skill set into the quarterback
“I saw what Sark was trying to do at Washington with Keith Price,” said
Martell. “He was a pretty good runner, but he wasn’t a real
dual-threat. He was more of a pocket type of passer.”
As Martell displayed Sunday at the Passing Down Tournament, scrambling
and making plays with his legs are just one aspect of what makes the
5-foot-10, 175-pound signal caller a menace for defenses.
Martell may not be 6-foot-4, but he has a big enough arm to make all of
the throws necessary to play in a pro-style offense. But Martell’s
physical abilities are overshadowed in seven-on-seven by his mental
capacity for calling plays and coordinating the 702 Elite team’s
“I mad e play sheet last year for my seven-on-seven team, but we didn't
use it,” said Martell. “This year I decided to use it, so I made all of
the wrist bands for the players and play sheets for the coaches.
“I have all of the routes and calls I want against whatever coverage
the defense shows on my wrist band. I call the play and read my keys at
the line. It’s not really something we use at Gorman, but it’s worked
“I’ve gotten a lot smarter as a player being at Bishop Gorman. I know
what to call and how to take advantage of a defense. I know exactly
every play I’m going to call when I get to the line and how to get my
receivers in the right position to take advantage of whatever coverage
the defense shows. We had four drives and four touchdowns our first
game, so I’m doing okay as the O.C.”
As Martell begins to focus less on seven-on-seven and more on spring
football at Bishop Gorman in April, he expects recruiting to pick up as
college coaches make their way to campus.
“We just went on spring break, so in a couple of weeks schools will
start coming through to see me,” said Martell. “That’s when things will
get in full swing. Then we go up to Utah State for spring football,
which is sort of a team bonding thing. We have two days where we
practice three times a day, so it’s something you just grind through
with your teammates.”
USC doing well with Martell
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