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Ohio State reserve QB Tate Martell will transfer to Miami

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‘Tis the season for big name transfers and late night Tuesday, the University of Miami got a commitment from a quarterback for a prominent school. However, instead of it being Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, it’s an Ohio State backup that will be headed to South Florida.

Buckeyes backup last season, Tate Martell, who is a Las Vegas high school legend, broke the news himself on social media that he is decided to leave Columbus and come to “The U.”

Martell played sparingly in his redshirt freshman season behind Ohio State Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins. Haskins led the Buckeyes to the 2018 Big Ten title, a Rose Bowl win and set the record for touchdown passes by a Buckeye single season.

With Martell agreeing to redshirt in 2017, he had been viewed as the guy to become Ohio State’s next prominent quarterback for coach Urban Meyer. However, that never materialized and obviously, with the coaching staff change to Ryan Day taking over for the retired Meyer, Martell must have realized that he is not in the Buckeyes future plans.

It doesn’t appear Martell (shown playing late in the Michigan game above) has any chance to be eligible on an NCAA waiver for this fall, because he has not graduated from Ohio State. And, therefore, he will have to sit on the transfer rules again for 2019. Then, he would have two years of eligibility remaining with the Canes.

We wrote yesterday that Miami is still waiting to see if Alabama’s Hurts will choose them and their new offensive coordinator Dan Enos. Enos was the quarterback coach with Hurts last season in Tuscaloosa. Hurts has graduated at Alabama, could still end up going to Maryland, Oklahoma or another school, and play immediately.

The Hurricanes return N’kosi Perry at quarterback, who was the part-time starter under former coach Mark Richt in 2018. However, Miami put Perry on the bench at the end of the season going back to fifth year senior Malik Rosier at quarterback.

Back to Martell. He left famed Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, as the second greatest passer in Nevada history, including a combined nearly 5,000 yards and 64 touchdowns in his senior season, as they won the state championship.

And as his social media post implies, he will be re-uniting with former Bishop Gorman teammates Bubba Bolden and Brevin Jordan in Maimi, when he is eligible.

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