Ohio State QB Tate Martell has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. What are the five best teams for him?
It was a big deal when Ohio State was able to sign Tate Martell.
The Las Vegas native isn’t all that big, but he was the type of baller who fit the style of the Ohio State offense as it was under Urban Meyer.
A winner, he was undefeated in high school, didn’t give up picks, and was the leader and star for the powerhouse Bishop Gorman program. Only 5-11 and 210 pounds, he’s built more like a running back than a pure passer, but he’s accurate, has a live arm, and he can move.
But he’s not Justin Fields, so …
This doesn’t mean he’s 100% gone from Ohio State, but if Fields is allowed to play right away this season – the Georgia transfer will have a bit of a fight with the NCAA to get the hardship waiver to be ready right away – that’s the guy. If Fields isn’t eligible for 2019, this changes.
With Dwayne Haskins leaving for the NFL, if Martell takes off, it’s uh-oh time for the Buckeye offense if Fields isn’t eligible.
The insane thought?
Haskins is off to the NFL, Martell transfers, Fields isn’t eligible until 2020, opening the door for Alabama grad transfer Jalen Hurts for his one season.
But I digress.
Where does Martell fit in if he goes? He’ll be ineligible for a year, then where’s the fit for the 2020 season? Based on nothing other than places that make sense …
5. Ohio State Buckeyes
Again, it’s not a lock in any way that Justin Fields is eligible for the 2019 season.
It’s being assumed by way too many people that the NCAA is just going to hand over a hardship waiver, but that’s a complete and total guess.
The simplified argument for Fields will be that because he was the victim of a racial slur – there might be other parts to this puzzle yet uncovered, too – and that he didn’t feel safe at Georgia, he had to transfer out. He’ll get his say in front of the NCAA, with the same representation that Shea Patterson used when he left from Ole Miss to go to Michigan.
Martell might try to wait it out to see if Fields can or can’t play. If he can’t, then it makes sense for Martell to show what he can do in the system to possibly up his stock and potentially pull a Jake Fromm and be too good to replace.
Martell is a feisty, fiery guy who loves competition, but he’s not a perfect prospect for everywhere. Just because he goes someplace big and sits for a year, that doesn’t guarantee him a gig.
It might be in his best interest to be patient and wait until the Fields thing plays out.