The NCAA has ruled that University of Miami Hurricanes QB Tate Martell will be eligible to play immediately in 2019.
Former Ohio State QB Tate Martell receives waiver from NCAA and has been cleared to play in 2019 at Miami— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) March 19, 2019
The ruling comes after more than two months of waiting after the Las Vegas native announced he would join Bishop Gorman High teammates Brevin Jordan and Bubba Bolden--a transfer from USC-- in Coral Gables on January 16 .
Martell's eligibility is much needed for a program who's quarterback room was in disarray all of 2018, with Jarren Williams and N'Kosi Perry previously leading the quarterback battle in the event Martell happened to not be cleared.
Both Perry and Williams also served game suspensions last seasons for violations of team rules. UM fell from No. 8 preseason AP Poll ranking to a 7-6 season from September to December.
The news continues the hot offseason for the 'Canes, after the hiring of Manny Diaz as head coach
Martell will get to work with new offensive coordinator Dan Enos, who left Alabama after the national championship loss to Clemson to join Diaz's staff in South Florida.
Martell redshirted in 2017 while backing up Dwayne Haskins in Columbus in 2018. He went 23-28 passing over six games with 269 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 128 yards and two scores. He transferred south after Justin Fields announced his intention to leave the Georgia Bulldogs for Ohio State.