Ties to WVU Coach Have QB Interested in West Virginia

A west coast quarterback who had committed to a regional school is now interested in a potential destination that's a bit further away from home.

Adrian Martinez, a rising senior at Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., committed to Cal last November. However, coaching changes, including the firing of the head coach and the departure of offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, have Martinez looking at other options. Included in those is West Virginia, where Spavital is now the offensive coordinator. The Mountaineers offered a scholarship on Thursday afternoon, and that has the dual threat QB looking east.

"I was very excited to receive the offer because of my relationship with Coach Spavital and the opportunity to play in front of such a great fan base," Martinez said after getting the news. "I believe I fit great in the offensive scheme and am looking forward to establishing a relationship with the rest of the Mountaineers staff."

At the time of Spavital's departure, Martinez noted that he still liked Cal a great deal, but also acknowledged the bond he had with the new Mountaineer assistant.

"He is my guy, and I would have loved for him to be the guy to be my coach," Martinez said at the time. He previously noted that he and Spavital made "for a perfect fit".

It's doesn't take a lot of squinting to read between those lines, but West Virginia is still in a very crowded field in pursuit of Martinez. He's closing in on 20 offers, spread all across the country, so this isn't a walk in the park just yet. Still, things have developed quickly on the WVU front.

"I do plan on visiting the school because I can see WVU as being a legitimate place for me to play at," Martinez told

As a junior, Martinez was lethal both on the ground and through the air. He was 220-366 for 2,562 yards and 25 TDs, and tacked on 182 rushes for 1,462 yards and another 14 scores. He threw just four interceptions.

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