Morgantown, West Virginia – When Tate Martell decided to transfer from Ohio State two years ago, West Virginia University was one of his top destination possibilities. In fact, he drove to Morgantown and met with the new head coach, Neal Brown.
Martell, the former five star dual-threat quarterback, attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Martell went 45–0 as a starter and finished second in Nevada history with 7,510 passing yards and 113 touchdowns.
Martell’s college career has not gone as planned. While at Ohio State, Martell redshirted his freshman season and then sat behind Dwayne Haskins during his redshirt freshman year, passing for 269 yards on 23-28 and 1 touchdown.
Martell was expected to take over as the starter after Haskins left for the NFL, but decided to enter the transfer portal when Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State from Georgia. Martell did not want to continue to wait to be the starter, so he transfer. Ultimately, it came down to West Virginia University and the University of Miami, where ended up transferring.
At Miami, Martell was beaten out for the starting position by Jarren Wiliams and eventually switched to wide receiver before switching back to quarterback. Martell opted out of the 2020 season after being suspended to start the season.
Now, Martell is back on the market and Neal Brown was interested in him previously. Although he has some baggage, he is an incredibly gifted quarterback who could certainly compete for the starting position for the Mountaineers as a graduate transfer.
Upon entering the transfer portal, Martell said the following on a video he posted on social media: “Now it’s just going to take one person believing in me. I promise it’ll be one of the best decisions they ever make.”
Could Neal Brown be the one person that believes in him?
Tate Martell, per his Instagram story, appears to be spending some time in West Virginia today: pic.twitter.com/EIRRz6Mg7Y
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 13, 2019