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Tate Martell Had a Great High School Football Career, but College Has Been a Different Story

Tate Martell had quite the high school career. Martell was featured on the Netflix series QB1: Beyond the Lights that featured three of the top quarterbacks in the country. He played three seasons at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, and had a lot of success.

He had one of the best high school seasons ever, and he was expected to have a lot of success in college. But so far, he has not had the success in college that he wants to have.

Tate Martell dominating in high school

Martell was already a football prodigy when he got to high school. At the age of 14, he originally committed to the University of Washington. In 2015, he switched his commitment to Texas A&M University. Throughout his high school career, Martell kept a strong commitment to Texas A&M, but that quickly changed. In May of 2016, he decomitted from Texas A&M and committed to Ohio State University a month later.

While at Bishop Gorman, Martell led a highly talented team to multiple undefeated seasons. Scout.com rated him as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the second-best dual-threat quarterback in his class. On the field, Martell could do it all at the quarterback position, whether it was passing or running.

He was a competitor, as well. As a senior, he was named the Gatorade Football Player after leading Bishop Gorman to a 15-0 record. During his senior season, he passed for 2,362 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushed for 1,253 yards and 21 touchdowns. At Bishop Gorman, Martell did not lose a game as a starter going 45-0, and he finished second in Nevada history with 7,150 passing yards and 113 touchdowns.

Tate Martell’s short time at Ohio State

Going into his freshman season at Ohio State in 2017, Martell redshirted. As a redshirt freshman, he battled for the starting role in spring camp but ended up serving as a backup to Dwayne Haskins. Martell played in Ohio State’s opener against Oregon State and completed three passes for 33 yards on four attempts. He threw his first touchdown pass against Rutgers on a 51-yard completion, and he also rushed for a touchdown.

Martell finished the 2018 season appearing in six games and passing for 269 yards with one touchdown and running for 128 yards with two touchdowns. In 2019, Georgia quarterback Justin Fields announced that he intended to transfer to Ohio State. Martell did not pay that news any mind at first and had no thoughts of leaving Ohio State. But, not too long after Fields made that announcement, Martell entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Tate Martell announced that he would transfer to the University of Miami (FL)

Martell let the world know of his big news via twitter. He announced that he would be transferring to Miami. When Martell got to Miami, he ended up losing out to redshirt freshman quarterback Jarren Williams for the starting spot. Martell spent time at wide receiver during the 2019 season and would switch back to quarterback.

It’s unsure if Martell will become the starting quarterback for this upcoming season. College has not been too kind to Martell over the past few years as he’s still trying to figure out how to become a dominant player in the NCAA. When Fields transferred to Ohio State, that worked out in his favor, but he’s still waiting on that moment to shine for Martell.