Once a Texas A&M commit, 5-star QB Tate Martell has been on the market for about a month since his decommitment. On Tuesday afternoon, Martell released his top 7 schools, a list that includes the Miami Hurricanes.
My Official Top 7 (No Order)— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) May 31, 2016
Martell, who plays for HSFB Powerhouse Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) is a very good prospect that nearly any team in America would like to have on their roster. A bit on the small side at 5'11" 203, what Martell lacks in prototypical size he more than makes up for with accuracy, escapability, and production.
A dual threat QB, Martell is equally adept at punishing defenses with his arms and his legs. Already committed to play in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American game, Martell is widely regarded as the top QB prospect in this recruiting class. Want to see why? Here you go:
As far as Miami is concerned, this will be interesting to see if the Canes engage Martell moving forward. As I wrote today in the first edition of the Class Breakdown, Miami has 2 QBs committed in 2017: 4-star N'Kosi Perry (reportedly Miami's #1 OVERALL target in this class) and 3-star Cade Weldon, a player who could easily be a 4-star by the time National Signing Day Rolls around.
Mark Richt and staff have told both Perry and Weldon the Canes were looking to take 2 QBs in this class. But, with Martell now on the market, and interested enough in Miami to name the Canes in his top 7 list, the question is here or not things change between Miami and the currently committed QBs.
Tate Martell is a great talent, and adding that kind of player to your team should only be a positive. For Miami, however, I think that this could be a negative. With Perry back in the fold (he decommitted after Al Golden was fired only to recommit later) and Weldon being a very good talent who is undervalued because of an injury that caused him to miss his junior year of HS, Miami has two different but very good prospects at this position in this class. Adding Martell, while a win on the recruiting path and boost to the talent level of the team, may create an embarrassment of talent at the QB position, which would probably lead to one or more of the players at that spot transferring.
Right now, all that we know is that Tate Martell has Miami in his top 7. Where this story goes, only time will tell.
More on this in the coming days and weeks.