Adrian Martinez and his father had never been to Nebraska before, so the Huskers had a prime opportunity to make a solid first impression during a key weekend of official visits. The 4-star quarterback from Fresno, Calif. — and current Tennessee commit — was the headliner among six total visitors Nebraska hosted this weekend, the first such weekend for Scott Frost and his new staff in Lincoln.
“I really enjoyed the visit,” Martinez told Land of 10 on Sunday. “My dad and myself, we had never been to Nebraska, but we loved it. It was pretty awesome.”
The most important piece of Martinez’s official visit, he said, was spending time with Frost.
“Really getting to know coach Frost and get a feel for him was probably, I’d say, the best part,” Martinez said. “He’s just a cool guy and obviously he’s a proven coach with a great track record. It was really cool getting to meet him and just finding out how genuine and down to earth he is.”
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Martinez is the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in this class, per the 247Sports composite. He said he also spent a good deal of time with quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.
“He’s awesome,” Martinez said. “You can always tell how passionate he is about the quarterback position. It was very cool.”
During the visit, Martinez said he saw how the new coaching staff is already establishing a viable culture.
“Just getting to meet everyone throughout the program and seeing how much they buy in and really have each other’s backs,” Martinez said. “It was a cool deal, a good experience. I really got a feel for the place.”
The visit also included a campus tour. Martinez hopes to study business and he took an extensive look at the business school, which impressed him. He also met with Frost and Verduzco a couple of times and hung out with fellow California natives Tristan Gebbia and Tyjon Lindsey.
“It’s kind of cool, because I guess a lot of guys from California are on the team,” Martinez said. “Guys from everywhere are on Nebraska. So it’s kind of a cool deal. There’s a lot of different people. It’s like a melting pot. They seem to get along real well. I’m looking forward to the new staff and what they have to offer.”
What really impressed Martinez compared to other visits he’s been on, he said, was the quality of Nebraska’s facilities.
“I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I think one of the more impressive things was the facility part and how dedicated they are to the student-athlete and making sure they’re at their peak performance,” Martinez said. “There’s a lot of technology in there. The things that they do to ensure that everyone’s at their highest level, that was really impressive.”
Still committed to Tennessee, Martinez will have about 10 days to weigh his options, since he intends on graduating high school early and signing during the early signing period that runs from Dec. 20-22. New Volunteers offensive coordinator Tyson Helton intends on visiting him Monday, Martinez said.
“I’d probably say a fair timetable is to make a final decision within this next week and go from there,” Martinez said. “And if I’m not 100 percent certain where I want to go I just push that date back and not graduate early. But I’m pretty certain I’m going to make that final decision in this next week.”