Ohio State Overview: Tate Martell red-shirted the 2017 football season as a true freshman, but was a terror and a force on scout team each week going up against and prepping the No. 1 defense against that week’s challenge … he then battled throughout spring drills for the right to take over the starting quarterback position vacated with the graduation of four-year starter J.T. Barrett, who is now with the New Orleans Saints … Martell will enter fall drills seeking to continue the progress he has made to date and vying with Dwayne Haskins to be the No. 1 quarterback on the team … Martell was one of 10 recruits from the class of 2017 to enroll in classes at Ohio State early, in January, and thus take part in spring drills … he is majoring in communications.
More on Tate: U.S. Army All-American and 5-star quarterback (Scout) … named national player of the year by three organizations as a senior: Gatorade, MaxPreps, and USA Today … undefeated as a starting quarterback (43-0) for coach Kenny Sanchez at Bishop Gorman, Martell threw for 7,507 yards and 113 touchdowns (and only nine interceptions) in his career, and he rushed for 2,294 yards with 35 more scores for a team that was undefeated national champion each year he was the starting quarterback … named first-team all-state all three years as a starter … threw for 2,362 yards with 41 touchdowns and only one interception as a senior in 2016 … also rushed for 1,257 yards and 21 TDs, and was named the Southwest League Offensive MVP … was named the No. 2 dual threat quarterback prospect in his class by Rivals, 247Sports and Scout … one of the Top 50 players nationally with Scout and Rivals positioning him 27th and 39th overall, respectively … originally from Southern California, Martell is the son of Tafi and Al Martell … has one sister, Rylee.