Nebraska coach Scott Frost joined the Big Ten Network crew early Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Huskers’ status during the early signing period. In his conversation with the BTN crew, Frost was asked about quarterback signee Adrian Martinez.
“I’m excited about him. He has a lot of potential,” Frost said. “When I was evaluating quarterbacks a year ago around the country, he was my favorite one. His ability to run and throw and his maturity as a kid are going to serve him really well, and for the offense that we run, I didn’t think there was a better fit in the country. Once we took the Nebraska job, we got a hold of him right away and we’re thrilled to have him on campus.”
Martinez was committed to Tennessee before making the decision to flip to Nebraska on Dec. 13. One week later, he made it official and signed with the Huskers. Martinez also has decided to enroll early, and he will be in Lincoln in January.
George Petrissans, Martinez’s coach at Clovis West High School (Fresno, Calif.), explained the quarterback’s decision to sign and enroll early to Land of 10 last week.
“He sees the benefit of going through spring ball and going through the workouts and meeting his teammates sooner,” Petrissans said. “Adrian’s a very competitive young man. He really wants to give a full effort in the opportunity to win a job. He’s not going in there to [say], ‘I just want to sit.’ That’s not Adrian’s mindset. His mindset is, ‘I want to go win a job.’”
Frost said he believes Martinez will have a chance to compete for the starting position, too. During a call with local Nebraska media, Frost said he likes other quarterbacks already on Nebraska’s roster but he sees a chance for Martinez to make a case for himself this spring.
“Generally speaking, any freshman coming in that has spring ball before their first fall, it’s a huge advantage and gives them an advantage to compete,” Frost said.
Martinez is one of several athletes to sign with Nebraska on Wednesday. More are expected to sign in the coming days, as the early signing period runs until Friday.