Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman sophomore quarterback Tate Martell has visited USC several times, but as Martell contemplates making a commitment before his junior season, every face-to-face meeting is an important one.
Earlier this spring, Martell visited USC unofficially with no coaches
on campus. It was a very realistic view of student life in the middle
of the bustling metropolis. Saturday, Martell’s visit was different.
“This time I met with Coach (Clay) Helton one-on-one,” said Martell.
“We went through the offense and watched film.
“We talked about the academics parts of the schools as well and just
went into more detail about things. I spent most of my time with Coach
In that meeting, Martell discussed the evolution of the Trojans’
“Coach Helton talked about how they want to get the ball out quicker in
the passing game and are adding stuff that will transition the offense
for a dual threat quarterback,” said Martell. “They want to do a lot of
zone read, but with quick passes too.
“That’s obviously something I’m familiar with because that’s the type
of offense I’m in now.”
Last week USC received a commitment from 2016 quarterback prospect Matt Fink of Glendora (Calif.). Fink himself is categorized more as a
running quarterback than a pure pocket passer.
“Coach Helton told me the plan was to take one 2016 quarterback and
then one 2017 quarterback,” said Martell. “By the time I’d got there,
USC would have four or five quarterbacks on the roster.
“It would depend if Max Browne stays for his redshirt senior year.
Jalen Greene is also switching positions, so that’s another guy who
won’t be there.
“I guess I’m not really worried about it. I mean, I’ve been third
string in two other situations and ended up starting. I was third
string at Poway and ended up starting as a freshman. I did the same
think last year as a sophomore.
“I was third string and worked my way into the starting spot. I’m not
worried about the competition part of my decision on a school.”
This month, Martell has seen numerous college coaches come through
Bishop Goman High School. From USC to Alabama to Texas A&M, Martell
will have plenty of options to choose from come February 2017.
“I’m building good relationships with all of the coaches and they all
want me to come out this summer,” said Martell. “I’m having a good time
“I go out every day and try to compete. I want to be as good as we can
as a team first of all. But you do know the coaches are watching you
and it helps you to focus in so you can do your best.”
As recruiting picks up this month and then quiets down over the summer
dead period, Martell will have decision to make. He can end the
recruiting process and make a commitment, or he can continue to
entertain more scholarship offers.
“I was thinking at one point that I was going to commit before the
start of my junior season, but right now I honestly don’t know,” said
Martell. “I know I still want to see some more schools and I know that
I have a few schools on the verge of offering. So I really have no clue
when I want to decide.”
Martell originally committed to Washington two years ago with Steve
Sarkisian as the head coach. While he is wary of making another hasty
decision, Martell does know which school he favors the most at present
“SC is my No. 1 school right now,” said Martell. “I like the school and
I feel like it fits me.
“I do want to keep my options about and I need to see some other
schools still. Coach Helton even said he wanted me to see some other
schools, so I was sure I found the best fit.
“You don’t want to commit to a school you don’t want to be at later on.
Hearing Coach Helton say I should visit other schools was good. It’s
about finding the right fit and he encouraged me to see what out there
before making my decision.”
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