Tate Martell and the Crossroads that is his Football Career

Andrew Harbaugh | Aug 13th, 2019

Yesterday Miami Head Coach Manny Diaz announced that not N′Kosi Perry or Tate Martell would be the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes as they face off against Florida to kickoff college footballs 150th season.

This shocked many outside of the program because after former 5-star recruit Tate Martell transferred to Coral Gables from Ohio State many just handed him the job based on recruiting prowess alone.

That’s just it though when it comes to Martell, whenever he has faced athletic adversity he has jumped ship. It all started when as a freshman in high school he attended Poway High School in California where his family was located, he went 4-7 as the starter his lone year at the school. His family then moved so he could then transfer from the small school in Poway, California to the national powerhouse Bishop Gorman based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He blossomed into a 5-star recruit while at Bishop Gorman where he won multiple state titles and during his senior year led the team to a 15-0 record and won Gatorade National Player of the Year. This season was documented on the Netflix series QB1. On the show, we saw several indications that he had his way in terms of how things went from him tweeting during games to even convincing a teammate to take the blame for him wrecking a bobcat vehicle. 

With being a top recruit means you have a lot of suitors as a player, that was no different for Martell which is where this troubling pattern of abandonment developed. 

Winding back a bit to 2012, he committed to the University of Washington in 2012 before de-committing in 2015. He then commits to Texas A&M where he said he made the switch in a twitter direct message to a friend because:

“Texas A&M I can start as a true freshmen easy…all there is going to be is Nick Starkel and he’s ass my dude…”

Shortly after making those comments he de-commits from the Aggies and followed that up with posting a picture on twitter of the Bishop Gorman logo over the state of Texas after his team beat Cedar Hill 44-14 his senior year.

His final commitment came when he announced that he would be going to Ohio State where he did officially enroll. He was redshirted his freshman year and then played in one game last year sitting behind Dwayne Haskins. He had finally shown patience and commitment to a program and then the unthinkable happened.

Justin Fields, a former 5-star recruit who had been sitting behind Jake Fromm at Georgia transferred to Ohio State to compete with Martell for the starting job. The only problem is just like so many times before in his athletic career Martell didn’t stay and compete.

He instead decided to transfer again this time to the University of Miami (FL) where two of his star high school teammates were playing now. He went there in the hopes that with them having a new head coach and coming off a lackluster season he could secure the starting job. Yesterday though as I mentioned earlier he was beaten out and did not earn it.

He followed that up with being a no show to practice as reported by 247 Sports and then today Miami long snapper Mason Napper posted on his SnapChat that Martell’s nameplate was on the floor of the locker room with the caption “RIP to the dream”.

What does any of this mean? That is yet to be determined.

Martell has the talent to be a great quarterback and maybe even an eventual NFL quarterback but this is his ultimate fight or flight moment and how he responds will seal his future.

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