Tate Martell arrived in Columbus, Ohio, with an already impressive list of credentials.
Martell was 43-0 as a starting quarterback for Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas and was named the 2016 MaxPreps High School Player of the Year. For his unblemished record and impressive stats, Martell was named the second-best quarterback of the last 10 years by MaxPreps.
Kyler Murray, who played the 2015 season at Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma, was the only player ranked higher than Martell. Martell was ranked ahead of Johnny Manziel, Deshaun Watson, Matt Barkley and others.
Martell, a 4-star recruit in the 2017 class, enrolled at Ohio State in January. Martell lost his black stripe earlier this week, officially becoming a member of the Buckeyes after some growing pains during the spring. He is competing with Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins for Ohio State’s backup quarterback job behind J.T. Barrett.
Tate Martell is "in the fight" for the backup role. Meyer says he took some "maturity pills" and has been much more mature since the spring.
— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) August 7, 2017