Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is transferring from the university and has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
The redshirt freshman was the likely starter for the 2019 season before former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State last week.
Martell saw limited action in six games this season as a backup behind Dwayne Haskins after sitting out the 2017 season as a redshirt.
He was 23 of 28 (82.1%) for 269 yards and one touchdown pass. Martell also ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries (5.8 yards per carry).
The five-star recruit and former Gatorade High School Player of the Year out of Las Vegas, Nevada committed to Ohio State in May 2016 after originally committing to Texas A&M.
He was 45-0 as a starter in high school and threw for 7,510 yards and 113 touchdowns during his high school career.
Now he’ll leave Ohio State and potentially sit out the 2019 season with three years of eligibility remaining.
It’s being reported that Miami and West Virginia are the two most likely destinations for Martell.
During the lead up to the Rose Bowl and with rumors swirling about Fields coming to Ohio State, Martell spoke out publicly about the possibility of a competition or transferring.
For him to do all that and to then transfer without even attempting to compete at least through spring practice with Fields who isn’t even guaranteed to play in 2019 is very interesting.
It could be that Martell knows Fields will be eligible to play or it could show that Martell isn’t a competitor and he’s all talk but no action which once again draws the comparison to Johnny Manziel which many compared Martell to coming out of high school.