My Senior Walk: Tate Martell talks big game at Cedar Hill, how Tyjon Lindsey recruited him and more
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.
You can check out his first journal here.
The Beginning of the End
It’s finally here … Game week! All of the hard work and insane amounts of time preparing for the game is pretty much in the books, and it’s time to show all of that on the field. I’ve never felt so ready for one single game. I’m so focused and dialed in on what we need to do to get this win that I know if we go out there and play like we are capable of that this game won’t be a close one. Of course, Cedar Hill is a great team but I have confidence in my team to get the job done.
You know where you get confidence from? Preparation. The reason I’m confident as a player is because every single day at practice I go in there thinking how can I push myself to be the best me, to get better from the day before. I do every little thing I can to become the best player and the best teammate. I know I’m ready for this game and I know my team is ready for the game. Give a team some confidence and good luck hanging around.
Since it is game week there is such a good vibe at school. Everyone understands that this year is the year how the 2017 class will be remembered at the school. Our 2017 class is currently 30-0 and we want nothing more than to finish 45-0 in our career at Bishop Gorman. My friends that can’t make it out to the game are all having little parties watching the game on ESPN2. Cedar Hill gave us 500 tickets to sell and they sold out within 20 minutes. So we have a decent amount of Gorman supporters making the trip to Texas but compared to the 14,500 that Cedar Hill sold, we are greatly out numbered.
With that being said we are going to be playing in a hostile environment where our team is going to receive a lot of hate, but especially me individually. Most people are like “Are you nervous?” and “How are you going to handle the hate?”
I’m a different type of player than most, I think, because in some ways I feed off negative energy towards me. I start to play with a swagger and show every that all that hate does is motivate me to be even a better player.
Two weeks ago I hinted that we may have some new commitments to talk about and everyone knows that Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes are committed now, so I can give a little background on how it all went down.
Tyjon actually was the one who convinced me, way back in January, to give Ohio State a look.
He told me in January that’s where he was going to college, but was I still committed to Texas A&M so I wasn’t sure what would happen. Things went a little south with that whole thing. In March, I took my visit to Ohio State and Coach (Urban) Meyer and (Buckeyes quarterbacks coach Tim) Beck made it clear to me that they wanted me to be their guy for the 2017 class.
I talked to my parents for a while about it and eventually decommitted. In June, I went back on another visit committed to Coach Meyer and Coach Beck. It was too perfect of a situation for me to not jump on the opportunity. Ohio State has been my school since I was born because my grandpa went to Ohio State and I really built a great relationship with Coach Meyer and Coach Beck, which was the most important thing in my college decision and I wanted to be at a place where I knew I would get developed and prepared to pursue my NFL aspirations.
Before I committed Tyjon, Trevon, and I all were planning on doing our commitment video together, but I decided I wanted to get into the class and focus on the summer, so I told them I was just going to commit and get it out of the way. They decided they still wanted to do theirs together, which they did. Everything all worked out really well and their video was awesome.
Now that I’m on the topic of Tyjon. Yes, he did come back to Bishop Gorman and he is playing with us this season. I don’t think there was anyone more excited than me about him coming back not only because he’s an amazing athlete, but because that’s my brother. While he was gone, it felt like I was missing part of my family. Now that he is back it was like he never left. Everyone on the team loves Tyjon and he’s doing just fine with the team and he’s going to be ready to ball with us this year.
A little more on the recruiting stuff for the Buckeyes fans out there. I’ve said this before and I’m going to day it again: this will be the best recruiting class in the history of college football.
The scary thing is that we have so many big-time guys that want to come to Ohio State that we even have to turn away some of the top guys that want to join our class. There is room for a few more guys and you never who, if any guys decide to decommit or leave the class, but I know of about six top players in the country that are wanting to come to Ohio State. So the good news is not nearly done.
Thank you for all the support from the great Buckeye fans and hopefully I’ll see you at Cedar Hill this weekend at my game. — TM