Tate Martell is a freshman quarterback at Ohio State and one of the Buckeyes’ most promising young players. Here are five things to know about him.
Who is Tate Martell? 5 things to know about Ohio State quarterback
1. Tate Martell was one of the top quarterback recruits in the Class of 2017
According to 247Sports’ composite ranking system, Martell, who graduated from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, was the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 5 overall quarterback in his recruiting class. He was also the No. 2 player in Nevada and No. 56 player in the country, regardless of position.
2. Tate Martell was the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year in 2017
As a junior in 2016, Martell was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nevada. How did he follow up that performance? By winning that award once again and adding a National Player of the Year honor to his resume. He found out about the latter award in a surprise visit from Ohio State and NFL legend Eddie George, who showed up in his kitchen one day after school.
QB Tate Martell didn't see that coming…
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 15, 2016
Martell also claimed national player-of-the-year awards from USA Today and MaxPreps.
3. Tate Martell was undefeated with three state titles at Bishop Gorman
In addition to the individual awards, Martell had loads of team success in high school. In fact, few players ever have put together the type of run Martell did at Bishop Gorman, where he went 43-0 as starting quarterback and won state titles in all three of his seasons at the helm.
The rest of Nevada rarely had a chance against Martell and company. In the 2016 state title, the quarterback completed 7-of-8 passes for 139 yards and two passing touchdowns and also rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns. Bishop Gorman won that game 84-8.
4. Tate Martell is a pretty thoughtful guy, as well
Last fall, Martell wrote a series for Land of 10 called “My Senior Walk,” in which he described his final high school season in a weekly journal. Each journal entry came with thoughtful ruminations on the end of his time at Bishop Gorman and his future at Ohio State. Here’s an except of what he wrote just before the Buckeyes took on Michigan:
“It’s the best rivalry in college football. There is nothing better. The passion you play with in games like these is second to none. It’s something I’m looking forward to being a part of because I play with a ton of passion. It’s definitely been a huge thing for my family since we loved Ohio State even before I was committed there. My grandpa went to school there and it’s something that is very serious to my family. I remember that my mom’s uncle — he went to Michigan — and my grandpa wouldn’t talk that whole week of the game and after the game one always talks crap to each other. It’s a serious thing. I wish I was going to be there.”
5. After a tough spring, Tate Martell kept his spirits up and kept contributing
After arriving in Columbus with sky-high expectations, Martell did not have the greatest spring season. He struggled to adapt to the college game, and coach Urban Meyer questioned his maturity. But eventually Martell lost his black stripe, officially becoming a Buckeye.
“I was starting to mess up a little bit when I first got here because it was rough for me,” Martell said in August. “Honestly, all you guys pushed me to go. I’ve figured it out, and I’m going hard now.”
Proud of the work you've put in Tate! pic.twitter.com/qy6ksLHvQR
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 20, 2017
Martell has helped Ohio State even without seeing game reps. Before the Buckeyes faced Oklahoma in Week 2, he was tasked with impersonating Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield. He’s Ohio State’s quarterback of the future, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play a role in the present.