The early signing period arrives for the first time on Wednesday. Land of 10 is taking a look at some of the members of Nebraska’s 2018 class who are expected to sign early as a primer for what to expect once they arrive on campus.
Adrian Martinez committed to Nebraska on Wednesday, Dec. 13. One week later, he made it official by signing with the Huskers on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
He originally committed to Tennessee, but made the decision to flip to the Huskers and join coach Scott Frost and his staff. Martinez informed Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco of his decision early, which was a cause for celebration all-around.
“It was a pretty cool moment,” Martinez said. “They jumped up and were really excited and couldn’t stop smiling. It was a great moment and I think can continue to more great things.”
Martinez made it known quickly that he also planned to sign early and be on campus for spring practice. George Petrissans, Martinez’s coach at Clovis West High School (Fresno, Calif.), explained the decision to Land of 10.
“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.’ ”
Martinez has made it clear he’s ready to compete for the Huskers’ starting job. In doing so, he has a message for fans about the future of Nebraska football.
“I want them to know we’re going to get this thing turned around. I’m going to put everything I have in this program and they’re going to get 100 percent of me,” Martinez said. “I’m going to be fully invested. We’re going to get this thing turned around. I can’t give you an exact timetable, but I know everyone’s going to be dedicated to this thing.”
Weight: 205 pounds
Hometown: Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)
Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 19 player in California, No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in country
Committed: Dec. 13, 2017
How he fits in: Martinez is considered the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite. He was a big get for Nebraska, as he’s the type of athlete needed to run Frost’s offense. As Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca stated, Martinez “has been a highly touted recruit who is known to stretch defenses with his arm and stress them with his legs.”
Despite a shoulder injury that prevented him from playing his senior season, Martinez is expected to compete right away for Nebraska’s starting job at quarterback.
Player evaluation: “I would say that Adrian is a very unique person. He’s extremely gifted and athletic. And very, very intelligent. The combination of those two skills present huge problems for people on the other side of the football. In a very quick-paced offense, he makes quick decisions that I think are very valuable.
“I’ve always thought Adrian was about 40 years old. He is an extremely mature young man. It’s one of the best attributes that he has. He has the ability to speak with adults. You feel like you’re actually talking to someone that’s your age.” — George Petrissans, Clovis West High School (Fresno, Calif.) coach