The high school offensive and defensive players of the year in the same recruiting class? That’s what Ohio State has in 2017.
Quarterback Tate Martell won USA Today’s Offensive Player of the Year award after 5-star defensive back Shaun Wade took home the defensive honor earlier this week. The 5-foot-11 Martell was also the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Martell went unbeaten in three years as the starting quarterback for Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). This season, the Gaels went 15-0 behind his 2,362 yards and 41 touchdowns passing and 1,257 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing. They won an eighth straight state title.
Martell, the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 53 overall player in the Class of 2017, will enroll early at Ohio State in January. He held offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Florida State and USC, among others.
Three other Ohio State commits — 5-star OG Wyatt Davis, 5-star OT Josh Myers and kicker Blake Haubeil — made USA Today’s first team on offense.
Michigan commit Donovan Peoples-Jones, the No. 1 wide receiver in the Class of 2017, also made the first team.