Tate Martell, about a week and a half after saying there was no chance he’d transfer out of Ohio State because of Justin Fields, has reportedly put his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.
This doesn’t mean that Martell is 100 percent leaving Ohio State, but it does allow other schools to contact him.
It’s early, but two major programs are being listed as possible contenders for the former four-star quarterback recruit.
This news is surprising considering what Martell had said before the Rose Bowl, but according to a couple of Ohio State insiders, it’s really not.
Kyle Rowland of The Blade reports that Martell had to be talked out of a transfer before the 2018 season.
Tate Martell's impending transfer from Ohio State is not surprising. In fact, it was very predictable. Sources told The Blade that Martell reported one day late to fall camp in July and was talked out of transferring by Urban Meyer and Ryan Day. https://t.co/w3d5w90Ior
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 10, 2019
Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen’s Row, meanwhile, adds that Martell believed the 2019 starting job should’ve been his to lose. Instead, Martell reportedly feels that Fields will be given preference.
Lettermen Row sources have indicated that the Buckeyes planned to go into the spring with a wide-open competition for the quarterback position, with Martell, Baldwin and Fields each starting on even footing. Sources close to Martell have indicated that the redshirt freshman believed the spot at starter should be his to lose, however.
As the announcement of Justin Fields to the roster became official, those same sources close to Martell believed Fields was likely to get preferential treatment and be given a better chance to win the job. That is ultimately what seems to have changed Martell’s mind about competing through the spring: The belief that he’d get a fair chance to become the starter.
Martell could end up waiting to make a decision on a transfer until Fields learns his status for 2019. The former Georgia quarterback is attempting to get a waiver from the NCAA so he can play right away.
Fields’ attorney, Tom Mars, believes a decision should come by end of February.