Las Vegas Bishop Gorman star Tate Martell has been in the public eye for years.
The country’s second-ranked 2017 dual-threat quarterback has been nothing short of a prodigy since he was in the eighth grade, when he committed to the University of Washington. With that sort of hype comes great pressure and greater expectations and for the most part, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Martell has met or exceeded every single one, though there’ve been a handful of bumps in the road. That’s expected when you’re learning how to balance school, football, and celebrity with just being a teenager going through teenager things, especially doing all that with thousands of strangers paying attention to your every move.
After decommitting from Washington, Martell chose Texas A&M but reopened his recruitment again in April when the Aggies parted ways with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital.
Now an Ohio State commitment, Martell has had a busy summer. He’s been to Ohio twice since the beginning of June, he’s been to Oregon for The Opening, back and forth between Las Vegas and Southern California for 7-on-7 tournaments, the Elite 11 Finals and more.
Now, two days after he’s begun his senior year at Bishop Gorman, Martell has agreed to help bring some of his life to Landof10.com readers in a weekly series called “My Senior Walk.”
Here is Martell’s first notebook:
My team and I preparing for our first game against Cedar Hill, from Texas.
Currently we are ranked No. 3 in the country and Cedar Hill is ranked No. 5, and they’re a great team. They’ve got a couple players on their team that I know pretty well but there are also a lot of players on their team that don’t like me. The reason they don’t like me I think is just that I have so much confidence in my team, and I know what my team is capable of and sometimes I make it pretty clear that I think we’re the best team in the country and I think we can go anywhere and win.
People call it cocky, but I call it confident.
Our 2017 class is 30-0. We’ve won two national championships and two state championships and we’ve gone out and played anyone in the country, anywhere. I believe that we have every right to be confident in our team until someone proves us other wise. This year, our schedule will be as hard as anyone’s in the country and I know we’ll play some of the best teams from Texas, California, and Florida, but I am looking forward to this season and the challenges ahead of us.
We’ve got a class that is a very special group of guys. There are eight of us who have been starters on two national championship teams in the last two seasons and that creates type of bond that can’t be broken. I really do believe how close we are as a team directly translates on to the field, we go at each other every day to get each other better and I know everyone on my team has my back and I have theirs. Just the other day Haskell Garrett, Alex Perry, Farrell Hester, and I were voted the team’s captains. It’s such an honor that the guys respect how I work, who I am and how I will fight for them enough to make me a captain.
Let's make this year memorable!#ClassOf2017
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) August 8, 2016
Recently, we just got back into school and it’s really weird to think I’m going into my last season of high school football and that I’m a senior. Because I’m graduating early, it’s sort of like I’m in my second semester already, which makes it feel a little bit weird.
I love when school starts. There is always a good vibe on campus because it’s football season, our school does an amazing job of supporting the football team and it means a lot. With school started, it’s kind of like I’m getting back to real life. I love doing all the football stuff and traveling but it’s nice to be home and doing regular stuff.
Things have slowed down a lot when it comes to recruiting and that’s the way I want it. I don’t talk to any other coaches except (Ohio State head coach) Urban Meyer and (Buckeyes quarterbacks coach) Tim Beck. Ohio State has been my dream school and there is nowhere else in the country I’d rather be committed to.
They’ve been my favorite team since I was a baby because my grandpa went there and it’s a dream come true to be a part of the program’s future. I’m taking my official visit for the Northwestern game (Oct. 29) and I can’t wait to be back on campus again. It’s already feeling like home and we’ve got a great group of guys committed that I’m excited to line up with and continue getting to know.
OK, that’s all this week. I think we’re going to skip this for next Wednesday (Aug. 17) so I can focus on camp and then I’ll check back the week after. We may have some good news around that time.
Go Bucks! — TM