2017 5-Star QB Tate Martell Details Texas A&M Visit, Latest in Recruitment

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystJuly 19, 2015

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Texas A&M hosted a big unofficial visitor over the weekend in 2017 5-star quarterback Tate Martell. To say the visit was a success would be something of an understatement.

Martell, the talk of Las Vegas as 247Sports' No. 13 player in the 2017 class and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, told Bleacher Report on Saturday that he thoroughly enjoyed his trip to College Station, Texas. The experience was exactly what Martell was looking for.

"I knew halfway through the day [Saturday], right around when I went to lunch, that even if I wasn't playing football, I'd feel comfortable going to college there," Martell said of Texas A&M. "That's the first time I've felt like that with a college. Adding football on top of it, that would make it that much fun."

This wasn't the Bishop Gorman High School star's first time in Texas, as he's made previous unofficial visits to TCU and Baylor. The trip to Texas A&M, however, was one for the books, as he gave it high marks.

Martell said he enjoyed the overall campus environment but really liked the athletic facilities. He then added that he hopes for a return trip soon.

"The facilities are unreal there," he said. "I didn't know how insane the facilities were going to be. I want to come up for one or two games. I want to see the Alabama game and the South Carolina game."

Although he had a great time in College Station, Martell reiterated he still has a few schools in mind regarding his recruiting process. USC is in the mix, as are Michigan and Alabama. Oregon is a school Martell also is a fan of, but the Ducks are not one of the nine programs to offer.

Whichever school lands Martell will get a player who was an All-USA second-team selection by USA Today and the MaxPreps national sophomore of the year last season. Martell threw for 2,537 yards, 40 touchdowns and only two interceptions as a sophomore.

Bishop Gorman, under Martell, won its sixth consecutive state championship and finished the year undefeated at 15-0. The team beat several nationally ranked opponents and was crowned mythical national champion by USA Today and the National Prep Football Poll.

The Texas A&M trip was an opportunity for Martell to get further acquainted with head coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. Martell had nothing but positive things to say about both coaches.

"I got to talk to coach Sumlin, and he's a really cool guy," he said. "He was completely honest with me. He and coach Spav have been genuine with everything. I hung out with coach Spav. We had a chance to break down some film."

Texas A&M did its job in impressing the quarterback whom some have compared to former Aggies standout Johnny Manziel, primarily because of the similarity in size. Martell is 5'11" and 180 pounds with two years of high school ball remaining. Manziel, who is now 6'0" and 210 with the Cleveland Browns, was 193 pounds in his senior year of high school.

Listed as a dual-threat quarterback, Martell believes his game is a little different than Manziel's. He feels a little more comfortable with comparisons of him and Russell Wilson, who is considered more of a pro-style quarterback with dual-threat capabilities.

"It's cool being compared to somebody that good," Martell said of Manziel. "Maybe some haven't watched enough of my film, but I feel like I play more like a pocket-passer, where Johnny was more of a guy who created his own plays.

"I know how to extend plays and run the ball, and I'll never say I'm as good as him, but when it comes down to it, I think I can be a different type of player [than Manziel]."

And that could happen if he ultimately chooses Texas A&M. Playing time, however, would be the biggest concern. The Aggies already have a solid stable of quarterbacks entering the 2015 season in incumbent starter Kyle Allen, reserve Conner McQueen, former junior college standout Jake Hubenak and incoming freshman Kyler Murray, a three-time state champion and the reigning Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year.

Competition is something Martell said he isn't afraid of.

"I want to play early and compete for a starting job," Martell said. "That's a huge thing for me, playing early. I like how coach Sumlin gives every kid an opportunity to start if they're ready for it."

Martell said he's still weighing all options, but a commitment to a program could come before the start of the upcoming season. He said he wants to have a commitment out of the way so he can focus on leading Bishop Gorman on the quest for a seventh consecutive title and another undefeated season.

"I'd like to get it done before the season, but that's something I want to talk to my parents about," he said of a verbal commitment to a school. "As soon as my parents give me the thumbs-up, I'm going to start preparing for it."

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles


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