Ohio State’s Tate Martell Listed in NCAA Transfer Portal
It seems like the dominoes are beginning to fall following Justin Fields’ transfer to Ohio State. Redshirt Sophomore Tate Martell has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.
As it’s seeming more and more likely that the NCAA will grant Fields’ Hardship Waiver request, a battle looked to be brewing for the QB1 job between Fields and Tate Martell, Dwayne Haskins’ backup in 2018.
Martell had been vocal on social media and in interviews about the Ohio State quarterback job being his in 2019.
Before Fields announced his transfer choice, Martell tweeted what seemed to be a shot a Fields:
Followed by this statement prior to Ohio State’s Rose Bowl win:
That confidence seems to have been shaken a little bit as Martell’s name appeared in the NCAA Transfer Portal on Thursday.
This doesn’t mean that the redshirt sophomore will transfer, just that other institutions can now contact him about the possibility.
One early possibility, that seems to make a lot of sense, is Miami.
The Hurricane’s current quarterback situation isn’t great. Malik Rosier is out of eligibility, N’Kosi Perry hasn’t been able to make the most of the multiple opportunities he’s had.
Freshman Jarren Williams was reportedly set to transfer, but has since announced that he will be staying with the program.
One of Martell’s former high school teammates, TE Brevin Jordan, apparently see’s a reunion in Coral Gables as a distinct possibility.
Again, be listed in the portal doesn’t indicate a definite transfer. Martell was a longtime Ohio State commit and has been very vocal about his love for the program and Justin Fields hasn’t been cleared for 2019… yet.
One thing is for sure, this quarterback carousel if far from over.