Before Ohio State lined up in the Horseshoe for the spring game on April 16th, 2016, freshman quarterback Tate Martell wasn’t even committed to the Buckeyes. It was not until two and a half weeks later (May 4th) that Martell uncommitted from his second school, University of Washington (previously committed to Texas A&M). Ohio State already had a loaded quarterback room with sure starter J.T. Barrett and backup Joe Burrow crowding the depth chart. Martell, the number one duel-threat quarterback, adds even more depth on an already stacked roster.
Martell attended a high school in Las Vegas, Nevada where he had Bishop Gorman ranked nationally, and even a #1 ranking in the country. He stands at only 5-foot-11 but is electric with the football in his hands. Martell has thrown for over 7,500 yards (7,509) while adding 2,294 yards on the ground with 87 total touchdowns. What he lacks in height, he makes up for with his athleticism and passer IQ. Tate has never had a passer rating under 120 (123.7) in his career and his touchdown to interception ratio (113:9) is nearly perfect.
In his senior year, Martell played inhuman, throwing for 2,362 yards while adding over 1,200 on the ground. What was most outstanding about his play was the fact that he only threw one interception through 15 games. He led the Gaels’ to a perfect 15-0 record, a state championship, and a #1 national rank for the third straight year.
I've been #18 every season I've played quarterback which is currently 9 seasons in a row…
I'm glad to say I'll be #18 at OSU as well!
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) January 10, 2017
What Ohio State has Gained
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered!
It will be hard to say what Tate Martell will actually contribute to the Buckeyes in 2017 because there is minimal chance of him actually seeing the field. If J.T. Barrett had left after the 2016-17 season, this would be a different conversation but unfortunately it is not. Martell will be competing for the second string job against Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins if Meyer does not red-shirt his freshman quarterback. Meyer loves mobile quarterbacks and Martell fits that role perfectly. He is still a pass-first quarterback that does not make mistakes but his mobility makes him just that much more deadly. Lacking height may be a problem in the Big Ten but Ohio State has gained the closest quarterback to Troy Smith since well… Troy Smith. Martell has been on campus now for only a week but has Buckeyes’ fans excited for the future.
Statistics via MaxPreps.com