Earlier this week, Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced his plans to transfer to the University of Miami. He announced the move on Twitter on Tuesday night after rumors of his impending departure grew louder.
Martell, a former top recruit, is a rising red-shirt sophomore which means unless he’s able to graduate by the end of the spring semester – or get a waiver from the NCAA – he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season.
Several reports suggested Martell was on track to graduate from Ohio State by May, but that appears to be up in the air after his transfer.
With that in mind, it’s likely Martell requests a waiver to gain immediate eligibility for the coming year. Martell’s attorney, Travis Leach, spoke with the Toledo Blade on their strategy for gaining Martell’s eligibility.
Urban Meyer’s decision to step down will play a key role.
“That definitely is part of it,” Leach told The Blade when asked about the coaching staff. “You try to throw as much against the wall as you can. I think the fact that there were some circumstances that happened, some personality clashes at the school — we want to be fair to everyone involved. That’s the approach we’re going to go down.”
The year of the transfer quarterback was in full swing this offseason. Martell’s eligibility and the eligibility of Justin Fields – who transferred to Ohio State – will be key story-lines heading into the 2019 season.