Before the Rose Bowl, Tate Martell told reporters he would be Ohio State’s starting quarterback in 2019.
Two weeks later, Martell’s leaving Ohio State.
Martell announced late Tuesday night on his Instagram account he will transfer to Miami. Martell would presumably sit out 2019 under NCAA transfer rules. He would then have two years of eligibility with the Hurricanes.
Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields becomes the presumed starter at OSU next season, with redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin also in the mix. Fields plans to appeal the NCAA for a waiver to become immediately eligible at OSU this year and most observers say Fields will win that appeal. Fields was the nation’s top-ranked recruit in 2018. Baldwin comes from Lake Travis in Texas, the same school which produced Baker Mayfield and many notable players. Incoming 5-star freshman receiver Garrett Wilson was Baldwin’s teammate at Lake Travis.
Martell was also a 5-star recruit out of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. Martell went 43-0 as a starting quarterback in high school and was named national player of the year by several national media outlets. At OSU this past season he went 23-28 passing with a touchdown.