Tate Martell Era will resume in Coral Gables.
Martell – who entered the NCAA Transfer Portal back three days after Ohio State announced Georgia's transfer Justin Fields had joined the program – has chosen to continue his collegiate career in Miami.
right back as we never left …
I'm a HISRICANE! pic.twitter.com/6Dh0gu4fxD
– TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) January 16, 2019
Unless he receives a waiver from the NCAA, Martell will not be eligible to play in the fall. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic reported Martell expected to sit in the 2019 season.
A few weeks ago, Martell guaranteed that he would start for Buckeyes in the fall, noting he was "100 percent safe".
"I have no doubt I will go out and win the job," said Martell on December 30 at Ros Bowl media day.
He said he didn't understand why he would transfer, even though Ohio State brought Fields to compete with him, which the program eventually did.
"There is no reason why I should (transfer)," Martell said. "I know what kind of quarterback I am. I am an elite quarterback. I know that after two years of being here, I run our offense at a very effective level and I know that once we reinsert the zone, It would be very fun for me. "
With Dwayne Haskins heading for the NFL and Martell officially no longer with the program, Ohio State Fields, redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin and redshirt senior Chris Chugunov as sole scholarship have quarterbacks on the roster headline in spring practice. At a press conference on December 19, Ryan Day said he always prefers having four quarterbacks on the route.
In Miami, Martell will reunite with a pair of high school teammates from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas – Brevin Jordan and Bubba Bolden – depicted in the graphic announcing his transfer. The ball announced its transfer from USC to Miami a week ago, and Jordan has just finished its true freshman season with the hurricanes.
If Martell successfully earns an apostasy to play in the fall, his Miami competition would be the double threat redshirt sophomore Nos 39; Kosi Perry, who started six games for Canes in 2018, the double threat redshirt freshman Jarren Williams, as Ohio State offered when he was in high school and pro-style redshirt sophomore Cade Weldon.
Last month, Miami (FL) hired Manny Diaz, his former defensive coordinator, who had already been named Temple's new feature, after Mark Richt's sudden retirement following the hurricanes' loss to Wisconsin at the Pinstripe Bowl. Diaz has since hired Dan Enos away from Alabama to be his offensive coordinator.
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