Star recruit Tate Martell commits to Ohio State. What are the five things that matter about the huge get for the Buckeyes?
– Five-star quarterback recruit Tate Martell ended the dogfight for his services by committing to Ohio State, eligible for the 2017 season. Only 5-10 and just over 200 pounds, he’s more of a mobile rushing threat than a dangerous passer, but the Las Vegas native fits exactly what the Buckeyes do with tremendous quickness and a live arm. In his two years as the starter for the high school powerhouse, he threw for 5,145 yards and 72 touchdowns with just eight picks, and ran for 1,037 yards and 14 scores.
– Originally a commitment for Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M, he announced in early May that he was back on the market. And so began a feeding frenzy with USC, UCLA, Alabama, Miami and Oregon in the mix.
– He’ll likely have to wait his turn. J.T. Barrett has another year of eligibility remaining, but there’s an outside shot he turns pro early if he blows up into his 2014 pre-injury form. In that case, the pressure will be on for Martell to be worth the hype right away, and he’s got the style and skills to handle the gig as a true freshman, if needed.
– It’s not like the cupboard would’ve been bare for the Buckeye quarterback situation without Martell. 6-4, 225-pound Danny Clark is a four-star talent who committed to Urban Meyer back in December. While he can move, he’s the opposite of Martell with size and pro-style passing skills. He needs more developing and mechanics work, though.
– What Does This Really Mean? Yeah, getting Tate Martell is a really big deal for Ohio State. This isn’t quite like Meyer landing Tim Tebow at Florida back in 2006, but it’s the right quarterback for what he likes his offenses to do. Meyer proved he could win a national title with a Cardale Jones-type of bomber, but in his perfect world he’s running a spread attack with a live quarterback who can crush with the running game and be a smart, accurate, efficient passer. That’s Martell.