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.
Ohio State will be perfectly fine
Last Friday night we played against Desert Oasis, a league game that we knew we should dominate — and we did. Our league games are a good opportunity for us to work on some stuff and prepare for the playoffs, and because of that, the starters got to play a little bit longer this week than we had the previous three or four games. I played a couple series into the third quarter and we won the game 71-0.
Everyone played really well and the score reflects that, but it also shows that we’re not taking anything for granted right now. If you take your eyes off the prize for even just one week, you can get upset. And we’re not going to let that happen. As for me, I had 5 total touchdowns this week, 2 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing. It was another great team win, we are getting better, and were able to get the backups some time on the field, which is ultimately our goal in these games. Just one game at a time if we want to win another title.
I watched the Ohio State (lose to Penn State) and it was a tough game to watch. Seeing your team go down the way it did is frustrating because it shouldn’t have lost that game. You could see (the Buckeyes) didn’t play their best game, but even with that they shouldn’t have lost that game. But it’s a perfect example of how things can happen when you least expect them.
As for what happens next with the Buckeyes, I know they are going to be fine. Let’s be honest now, winning or losing that game didn’t necessarily matter to their playoff hopes — it just means that the coaches have to get them refocused. And I have all the confidence that they will. Obviously as a team you never want to lose, but if they win out they will still be in the playoffs (which is what they would have had to do if they won the game against Penn State). Nothing has changed as far as the goals.
After the game, all the Ohio State coaches I spoke with had a positive vibe. They understand that their season is far from over. They know that they have to win out to accomplish their goals for the season. But in talking to them it is clear they are getting back to practice and focusing on the little things that make a big difference. They are going to be perfectly fine because they’ve got the best coaches in the country.
As I get closer to enrolling at Ohio State, I’ve been thinking a bit about how to prepare for what could happen next year. I hope to go into my college career undefeated and with three straight national championships, so it’s hard to think about possibly redshirting. I think though, if J.T. Barrett stays next year, then I’m going to redshirt, but if he leaves after this season for the NFL, then I’m going to arrive there with no intention of redshirting. I want to go in and compete and see where I’m at. That’s college, that’s what it’s for. All the hype from high school means nothing and reality is going to set in, one way or another. If you’re a baller, then you are going to do well. All I want is the chance to prove myself against the best and I’m going to work as hard as anyone. – TM –