To be clear, Tate Martell fully intends on being a quarterback for Ohio State. He’s been an effective signal-caller at all levels of football, and he hopes that holds true in college. But if it doesn’t? Then Martell said he’d be open to trying something new.
“Yeah I think that regardless I’ll be doing something on the field,” Martell told Cleveland.com. “Whether that’s quarterback … who knows what position? I’ve played a lot of them this year on scout. Definitely gonna go out and do my thing and try to stay with quarterback. That’s what I want to do.”
Martell was a 4-star recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite. He was the No. 2 dual quarterback in the nation and the No. 2 player in the state of Nevada for the class of 2017. Based on those credentials, it might seem foolish to not at least give Martell a shot at being a Division I quarterback.
But Ohio State’s starting job might be out of reach — for now. Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow are widely expected to be the frontrunners to replace J.T. Barrett, though Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said the competition is not just a two-person race.
Nevertheless, it seems Martell will factor into Ohio State’s offense this season, whether as the starting quarterback or not.
Tate Martell said it’s already been confirmed to him that there will be special packages to get him on the field even if he doesn’t win the starting job.
— Kevin Harrish (@Kevinish) March 22, 2018
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