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Tate Martell
2016-2017 Football Profile
2016 Recruit (Signee)
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Tate Martell
Home Town: Las Vegas, Nevada
School: Bishop Gorman
Height: 5-11
Weight: 205
Forty Yard: 4.72
Vertical Leap: 36.8
Shuttle Time: 3.96
247Sports Scout Rivals ESPN 247Comp
4-Star #2 DTQB
5-Star #2 QB
4-Star #2 DTQB
4-Star #6 DTQB
4-Star #2 DTQB
2016 Gatorade National Player of the Year | Army All-American

The Player
Tate Martell is rated the No. 2 quarterback in the nation per Scout and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247Sports and Rivals. He led his Bishop Gorman team to back-to-back-to-back national championships and a 45-0 total record as a starting quarterback. As a sophomore Martell completed 124-of-200 passes (62.0%) for 2,537 yards with 40 touchdowns and just two interceptions. As a junior he completed 133-of-237 passes (56.1%) with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. This past season, he threw for 2,362 yards with 41 touchdowns and just one interception. He also rushed for 1,257 yards and 21 more scores. As a quarterback, it is easy to see how comfortable Martell is whether in the pocket or on the move outside of it. He is accurate from either venue, and dangerous from wherever he finds himself. Yes, he is only 5-foot-11, but he is very quick and plenty fast enough to compensate. His toughness has never been a question, nor has his durability, as he has not missed a game as a starter the last three seasons. As a runner, Martell can get to the corner and pick up first downs at the sticks, but he also has an incredible ability to keep plays alive behind the line of scrimmage. He is a calm playmaker who appears to make players around him better. He was once committed to Washington and Texas A&M.

The Comparison
Even before Martell was a Texas A&M commit, he was drawing comparisons to former Aggie Heisman winner Johnny Manziel in part because of his height, and in part because of the way he would evade sacks in the backfield and end up making plays down the field. To compare him to a former Buckeye, he is not far from another former Heisman winner in Troy Smith. Smith may be a smidge taller than Martell, but both move well enough to make plays where there aren't always plays to be made.

The Fit
Tate Martell isn't J.T. Barrett who is 225 pounds and can take a pounding running the ball in the Big Ten. He is, however, a tough athlete who will likely end up playing at around 210 or 215 pounds on a 5-foot-11 frame as a freshman. By the way, 215 pounds is right around what Ohio State's scholarship running backs are listed at. He is certainly a passer first, which Ohio State is perfectly fine with. The threat to run, however, is what will always make him a more effective playmaker. In that sense he is a perfect fit for this offense. Urban Meyer wants a distributor, and that's what Martell is. He will distribute, and he will try to so as long as his scrambles will allow. Because of his toughness and desire to win, however, he may need to learn how to scramble more safely. Oh, and that desire to win which has led his team to consecutive national titles and a 45-0 record is a perfect fit in this Ohio State offense as well.

The Depth Chart
Urban Meyer is trying to bring in one top-notch quarterback in every recruiting class, and sometimes it has turned into two top-notch quarterbacks. In 2012, it was Cardale Jones after a year in prep school, then J.T. Barrett in 2013, followed by Stephen Collier in 2014, then came Joe Burrow and Torrance Gibson in 2015 and Dwayne Haskins last year. Collier's playing days are over, but Martell is still going to be the No. 4 quarterback. Already being enrolled will help, as will going through spring football. Still, he's going to be on the outside looking in when it comes to playing time.

The Future
Because of the talent at the position, there is rarely going to be a need for a true freshman to ever see the field at quarterback for the Buckeyes. Meyer has yet to play a true freshman quarterback at Ohio State, and if J.T. Barrett stays healthy, there will be absolutely no need to burn Martell's redshirt. Even if the Buckeyes do lose a quarterback somewhere, that doesn't mean that Martell is going to see the field in 2017, as there will still be a couple of quarterbacks ahead of him. Barring something alarming, it is unlikely that Martell will see the field at Ohio State this coming season, but that doesn't mean he won't prepare as much as he can in order to change that. — Tony Gerdeman

2016 — 136-215 2,362 yds, 41 TDs, 1 INT, 1,257 yds rushing, 21 TDs
2015 — 133-237 2,608 yds, 32 TDs, 6 INTs, 604 yds rushing, 9 TDs
2014 — 124-200 2,537 yds, 40 TDs, 2 INTs, 433 yds rushing, 5 TDs

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