The Miami Hurricanes may have found their QB of the future when former 5-star recruit Tate Martell announced his intention to transfer to The U!
right back like we never left...— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) January 16, 2019
I’M A HURRICANE! pic.twitter.com/6Dh0gu4fxD
A redshirt freshman with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Martell was the backup to 1st team All Big 10 QB Dwayne Haskins. In limited action this season, Martell had some pretty stellar stats. He completed 23 of 28 pass attempts — a staggering 82.1 % completion rate — for 269 yards and 1 TD with 0 INTs. Martell also ran 22 times for 238 yards and 2 TDs. That obviously shows his dual-threat skillset, but the sample size — only playing the ends of blowout wins — was quite small.
As noted above in the tweet, Martell joins fellow Bishop Gorman alums Bubba Bolden and Brevin Jordan on the Canes’ roster.
Martell joins QBs N’Kosi Perry, Jarrren Williams, and Cade Weldon on the Canes’ roster. All 4, along with whatever other player(s) join Miami in the days and weeks to come, will compete to start for Miami and new coach Manny Diaz and OC/QB coach Dan Enos.
Martell is a dual threat player who has used both his arm and leg to great success in his career. No, he didn’t start at Ohio State, but he was a 5-star recruit in the class of 2017 and was one of the most decorated HSFB players ever.
For those asking about Martell’s eligibility, there are 2 things to know. 1. if Martell graduates from Ohio State in May before coming to Miami, he would then be immediately eligible. 2. However, according to longtime CFB reporter Bruce Feldman, Martell is expected to redshirt/sit out as a transfer in 2019 before returning to the field with 2 years of eligibility remaining in 2020.
Former 5-star #OhioState QB Tate Martell says he's transferring to #Miami. Is expected to sit out the 2019 season before getting eligible. Is a dynamic dual-threat talent. Manny Diaz has got things cranked up in Coral Gables.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 16, 2019
Either way, the big take away from this news is Miami has added a 5-star caliber player to the roster at the game’s most important position. Talent matters, and Martell has plenty of it.
We’ll dig into what Martell brings to the field, but for now, just know that the 5’11” 210lb Martell is just the kind of player that could be a gamechanger for Miami moving forward.