Tate Martell was once thought to be the shoo-in for the starting job for the 2019 season in Columbus. After Justin Fields announced that he was transferring from Georgia to Ohio State, Martell entered the portal and went to Miami. Martell's lawyer explains why.
Martell's lawyer, Travis Leach, says that one of the reasons the former top recruit left is the coaching change. Martell feels that he would not fit well in the new head coach Ryan Day's style. As a dual-threat quarterback, Martell might not fare well in a pro-style offense.
There also appears to be some off-field situations that have led to the transfer. While the reasons are vague, Leach says, "I think the fact that there were some circumstances that happened, some personality clashes at the school — we want to be fair to everyone involved. That’s the approach we’re going to go down."
This basically means that Martell and others at Ohio State were not getting along. Leach doesn't call out any specific incident, but he does say that these "clashes" are a big reason why Martell has decided to leave.
Miami is excited to have Martell aboard, and it looks like he will fit in well with his new teammates. However, the question remains whether or not the NCAA will allow Martell to play right away in Coral Gables, or if he'll have to sit out a season.
This plea by Martell's lawyer is to build up public sentiment before the NCAA makes their decision. Whether that works seems like a longshot.