Ohio State transfer Tate Martell picks Miami over Louisville football
Cross another name off the Louisville football program’s wish list: Ohio State quarterback transfer Tate Martell announced Tuesday night that he’ll be transferring to Miami.
Martell was considering Miami, West Virginia and Louisville as possible destinations, according to a report from 247sports.com published Sunday. The Cardinals have been active in the market for a transfer quarterback since they hired coach Scott Satterfield last month. They were even expected to host Martell for a visit Wednesday. But before he arrived in town, Martell made his decision.
His story is a winding one: He arrived at Ohio State in 2017 as a four-star quarterback recruit, the No. 2 dual-threat prospect in the class. He redshirted in 2017 behind J.T. Barrett and finished with 269 passing yards in backup duty behind Dwayne Haskins in 2018.
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Haskins has announced he will declare for the NFL draft. In response, the Buckeyes brought in five-star quarterback transfer Justin Fields, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2018, from Georgia. Martell’s name appeared in the NCAA transfer database soon thereafter.
Martell announced his decision on social media and wrote, “right back like we never left… I’M A HURRICANE!”
Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is taking his talents to South Beach.
The dual-threat freshman tweeted early Wednesday morning that he intends to transfer to the University of Miami, and he’s not the only player from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School who will call The U home.
Martell initially said he had no intention of leaving the Buckeyes when highly touted Georgia transfer Josh Fields came to Columbus, but he quickly changed his mind.
Former teammate Brevin Jordan, a tight end, already attends the school, and safety Bubba Bolden announced his intention to transfer from USC earlier this month.
The three were pictured together in Martell’s tweet.
However, Martell was the biggest get for new head coach Manny Diaz, hired earlier this month, and new offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
Martell was 23-of-28 for 269 yards and a touchdown while backing up Dwayne Haskins on Ohio State. He also rushed for 128 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns.
Martell can file for a waiver, but otherwise will have to sit out the 2019 season. He will have three years of eligibility left when he gets back on the field.
He will have two quality targets out of the gate, with Jordan catching 32 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns last season, while Thomas amassed 35 receptions for 563 yards and three touchdowns.