Shortly after Justin Fields wedged him out of Columbus, seemingly eternal backup Tate Martell has landed in a spot where his playing time is a bit more assured.
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning, Martell confirmed fast-spreading rumors that he was joining the Miami Hurricanes by announcing his arrival with a custom graphic.
right back like we never left...— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) January 16, 2019
I’M A HURRICANE! 🙌🏼🌴 pic.twitter.com/6Dh0gu4fxD
As is customary, Martell will likely miss the 2019 season (unlike Fields, the man who obtained a waiver and stole his job), but will light up the offense significantly under Manny Diaz when he arrives.
Former 5-star #OhioState QB Tate Martell says he's transferring to #Miami. Is expected to sit out the 2019 season before getting eligible. Is a dynamic dual-threat talent. Manny Diaz has got things cranked up in Coral Gables.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 16, 2019
A tumultuous offseason for the Hurricanes finally gets its exclamation point. Diaz departed for Temple before spurning the Owls and returning. QB N'Kosi Perry was benched for the team's Pinstripe Bowl performance over a leaked and incredibly sexual video. Malik Rosier started and faceplanted in the exhibition.
The Canes likely wish they could utilize the dual-threat Martell in this upcoming campaign, but at least they've fattened up their stock.
Meanwhile, Ohio State harbors no ill-will; they feel confident they've chosen right in Fields. Though Martell talks a big game, he's repeatedly backed down from pressure and backed out of commitments in the recent past (remember when he was a Washington Huskie?). Miami likely got a good one...unless something better comes along.