Ohio State 2017 quarterback commitment Tate Martell, a two-time national champion at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, has agreed to do a weekly journal of his senior season with the Gaels prior to his college enrollment in January.
Life is Beautiful
This past weekend we had an in-state game against a team that we knew we’d beat easily if we played our game, and we did. Most of the starters only played two series because we wanted to get some of our younger guys some game reps and it was a good chance to do that. I threw two touchdowns to Tyjon (Lindsey) then we got pulled out to save us for St. Thomas Aquinas.
After the game, and the whole weekend really, our team went to Life is Beautiful here in Vegas. It’s a big music festival and like 50 percent of our whole school goes out there. It’s just a fun weekend that you get to spend with all of your best friends and even kids you normally wouldn’t hang out with and really one of the last chances I’ll have to just be a kid and a regular teenager. It’s weekends like this last one that I’m sure I’ll miss when I get to Ohio State in January. Sometimes with all the attention around us, I forget that we’re kids, and it felt good to remember that.
But that can’t last too long. Not with Aquinas coming here. This game has been circled on the calendar for a while and it’s one that can really define us, even after winning two national championships.
Honestly, this week, it’s really hard for us to think about school knowing that this game will write our legacy. We’ve had a great run at this school and this is a chance to truly leave our mark on everything we’ve done here. We are putting our three years of work all out there this week. Trevon Grimes is my boy, but as soon as we hit the field we aren’t friends for those 3 hours; everyone on the other side of the field, though I respect them, I can’t like them for those three hours. I’m going there with my teammates to win that game. Trevon and I can be friends after the game, and we are despite the Twitter battles we had earlier this year, so don’t worry about that. This is an intense week for us because we know what is at stake: everything.
Still, as big as it is this week, we aren’t doing anything special to prepare for St. Thomas. We practice and prepare the same for every team and that’s what makes us so good. We believe in us and what we do. Nothing changes for us at all, and it doesn’t matter who we are playing as far as preparation.
It was kind of crazy to see that Les Miles was fired.
I feel bad for recruits because I’ve been in that same position. My decision on where I’m going is 100 percent based on my relationship with my future coaches, so I don’t blame a kid for decommitting if a coach leaves or is let go. I decommitted from Washington because coach Sark left Washington and that was the coach I committed to. Then I committed to Texas A&M and everything was great before coach Spavital left there and that was my favorite coach and my guy that I had my best relationship with. With Ohio State I have great relationships with Urban Meyer and Tim Beck and it’s almost a guarantee that coach Meyer won’t be going anywhere, so neither will I. Coach Meyer is the best coach there is and I want to play for him more than anything else because I know he’ll bring the best out of me and the rest of the guys. Still, it’s pretty crazy that a coach who has been as successful as Miles was would be let go the way he was.
I guess it’s a good reminder of how college football can be.
Thanks for reading everyone. Remember, you can watch our game against St. Thomas on ESPNU on Friday night at 10 p.m. ET. – TM