Tate Martell Reportedly in NCAA Transfer Portal; QB Can Explore Ohio State Exit

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2019

Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell plays against Tulane during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Tate Martell is the latest high-profile college quarterback exploring transfer options leading into the 2019 season. 

Per Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade, the Ohio State freshman is in the NCAA transfer portal and can speak with other schools about playing for them next season. 

After playing last season behind Dwayne Haskins, Martell was likely hoping to play a significant role for the Buckeyes in 2019. 

However, Justin Fields announced on Jan. 2 he was transferring from Georgia to Ohio State, possibly pushing Martell down the depth chart yet again.

Per ESPN.com's Dan Murphy, Fields intends to ask the NCAA for immediate eligibility at Ohio State so he doesn't have to sit out one year. 

Martell was a high-profile recruit for the Buckeyes in 2017. The Las Vegas native was a 4-star prospect and No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in his recruiting class coming out of Bishop Gorman High School, per 247Sports

Martell redshirted during his first year at Ohio State. He appeared in six games during the 2018 season, throwing for 269 yards, running for 139 yards and accounting for three total touchdowns. 

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