Here we go again with this kid.
On Thursday, weeks after Justin Fields announced he'd be transferring to Ohio State, projected starting quarterback Tate Martell has decided to keep his options open.
Yup, the California native has entered the transfer portal, allowing teams to contact him and pursue landing his services. Before Fields transferred to OSU, Martell said he wasn't planning on going anywhere, regardless if the Buckeyes were to bring in a new signal caller.
He's surely singing a different tune now that he and Fields are both on the same campus. What, it's not big enough for the two of you, Tathan?
Can confirm that Tate Martell is now in the NCAA transfer portal. He’ll begin to explore options outside of Ohio State — believe Miami and West Virginia are two schools that are worth watching.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) January 10, 2019
Martell arrived to Ohio State as a 4-star signee and one of the most heavily-touted recruits for the 2017 class. Martell's recruitment and college career has been nothing but a soap opera, though.
Ages ago, he committed to Washington as a 14-year-old kid. He then backed out of his pledge to then-UW coach Steve Sarkisian and ended up giving a verbal to Texas A&M. He THEN de-committed from A&M before committing to Ohio State and signing with Urban Meyer. Jeez.
Tate Martell:— Braulio Perez (@BraulioEPerez) January 10, 2019
Commits to UW at 14
Decommits from UW
Commits to Texas A&M
Decommits from Texas A&M
Commits and signs with Ohio State
Justin Fields transfers to Ohio State
Tate Martell enters transfer portal pic.twitter.com/q1gbNiOHMF
There aren't enough eye rolls to justify what this kid has done. In his two years on campus (redshirted his first year), Martell has 269 passing yards and one touchdown to his name, with 128 yards and two more scores rushing. He's been behind Dwayne Haskins and J.T. Barrett since landing in Columbus, but 2019 was finally scheduled to be his year.
Instead, Martell is basically stating he's scared of competition if he bails now that Fields is at OSU. I understand the fact that Fields was a 5-star recruit and is hungry to win over the starting job under new head coach Ryan Day, especially after turning heads in his short stint with Georgia. But, why be so quick to think about bouncing out of town?
Justin Fields to OSU?? Can't wait for the Tate Martell "He's ass, my dude" Part 2 DM to surface... pic.twitter.com/iLp7kJNdsN— Kayce Smith (@KayceSmith) January 4, 2019
Martell knows the offense. He understands the playbook. If anything, he'd have an advantage over Fields heading into spring ball. However, rather than focus on how he can win the job, his mind is on taking an easy way out and starting fresh at a new school, where he's going to have to sit out a year due to the transfer rules.
It doesn't make sense, but after all we've seen out of Martell as a youngster and in his short time with the Buckeyes, maybe this will end up being an addition by subtraction.