Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is in the NCAA transfer portal as of earlier today. That means the former four-star recruit is at least weighing his options and could leave Columbus.
Martell’s decision undoubtedly stems from former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields’ decision to transfer to OSU. Fields was the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2018 class and he is petitioning the NCAA to play right away next season.
If the NCAA denies Fields’ request, Martell might stick it out as he’ll be the favorite to start for the Buckyes. But if Fields gets his hardship waiver, it seems like a foregone conclusion he will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback. A player with his talent and prospect bona fides isn’t transferring somewhere to be a backup.
With that being the case, Martell is keeping an eye elsewhere. Jeremy Birmingham of LettermenRow has revealed some possible destinations if he does indeed transfer.
Two of them are West Coast schools, with two more being in the Big 12 and another in the ACC:
Miami recently added Martell’s good friend and former teammate at Bishop Gorman High School Bubba Bolden, and it will be a top contender to land him. So is West Virginia, as new Mountaineers coach Neal Brown could be in the market for a dynamic quarterback.
Other schools of interest include UCLA, USC and Oklahoma. At this point, though, the Sooners have not reached yet out according to Lettermen Row sources.
You can view all of Birmingham’s piece here.
Martell threw for 269 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 128 yards in limited duty this season.