Can Ohio State Steal No. 1 Dual-Threat QB Tate Martell from Texas A&M?

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistMarch 25, 2016

Credit: 247Sports

Head coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State are trying to bolster the nation's No. 1 recruiting class by stealing Tate Martellthe No. 1-rated dual-threat quarterback—from Texas A&M.

The 5'10 1/2", 203-pound prospect out of Las Vegas committed to Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies last August, but he's keeping his options open ahead of his final year of high school. Rated a 5-star prospect and the No. 29 recruit overall, Martell has one of the most impressive offer lists in the country, highlighted by Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan and USC.

All of those schools are trying to pull Martell away from Texas A&M, but Ohio State is leading the charge. The Buckeyes were convincing enough to get Martell on campus for an unofficial visit on Thursday, and the blue-chip prospect was eager to make the trip, as he told Jeremy Birmingham of Eleven Warriors:

I'm really excited to visit Ohio State because it's been my dream school for as long as I've known. My whole family on my mom's side loves Ohio State and a lot of them live in Ohio. I'm still excited about and committed to Texas A&M, but Ohio State would have to be my No. 2 right now.

Martell got an inside look at the Ohio State football program, taking in one of its spring practices before Meyer rolled out the red carpet.

Now that the Buckeyes got Martell on campus for a visit, do they have a legitimate chance to steal him away from Texas A&M?


The Case for Ohio State

Outside of the fact that he grew up a Buckeyes fan, Ohio State has a lot of things going for it in Martell's recruitment.

It starts with the depth chart. Ohio State has J.T. Barrett, career backup Stephen Collier, redshirt freshman Joe Burrow and incoming freshman Dwayne Haskins in its quarterback room. And while that looks like a crowded situation, Martell offers something that the other signal-callers can't to the future of Ohio State's offense.

Upperclassmen Barrett and Collier are both dual threats behind center, giving the Buckeyes an added element in the running game. Neither will threaten Martell's chances of starting by his sophomore season if he winds up at Ohio State, though, which leaves Burrow and Haskins.

While both of those quarterbacks have the ability to pull the ball down and make a play with their legs, they're not going to burn a defense the way Martell can.

Another advantage for Ohio State is the wide receiver talent its stockpiling.

The 2016 class was anchored by Austin Mack (the 10th-ranked wide receiver nationally) and Binjimen Victor (No. 12), plus all-purpose back and future H-Back Demario McCall, who was rated the No. 44 overall recruit.

It doesn't stop there. Meyer and the Buckeyes are also after what could be a historic wide receiver haul in 2017.

Ohio State has a commanding lead in the race for Trevon Grimes' commitment, per 247Sports' "crystal ball" predictions. Grimes is a 6'4", 195-pound 5-star prospect with 4.4 speed, and he's rated the No. 2 wide receiver in the country. 

The Buckeyes are also neck and neck with Michigan and Michigan State for 5-star Donovan Peoples-Jones, the nation's No. 1 wide receiver for the 2017 cycle. 

If Meyer can somehow manage to rope Grimes and Peoples-Jones in, then he'd be able to offer Martell something no other school in the country could—the opportunity to play with the most promising one-two perimeter punch in all of college football.

And that could be too big of an opportunity for Martell to turn down. 


All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.