College Confidential

Aggies recruit Tate Martell’s recent trip to Ohio State raises red flags

Keeping current and future quarterbacks has been an issue for Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.
Keeping current and future quarterbacks has been an issue for Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. AP

When Tate Martell committed to Texas A&M last August, the Aggies still had former 5-star recruit Kyle Allen and Texas high school legend Kyler Murray on his way. If ever there was a time for Martell to consider choosing another school that would have seemed it.

Now Allen and Murray are both gone after each shockingly decided to transfer after a turbulent 2015 season. It certainly cleared the way for Martell, the nation’s No. 1-ranked dual threat prospect, to take charge when he arrives in 2017.

But beware. All might not be so simple.

As if Aggies fans haven’t been put through the QB-wringer enough in recent months, Martell last week was flirting with Urban Meyer and Ohio State, which happens to be, Martell made known via Twitter, his grandfather’s alma mater.

You might notice in that tweet that Martell is sitting high above Ohio Stadium. No, the picture is not photoshopped. That’s Martell on an unofficial visit to the Big Ten school.

Hmmm… Scarlet or maroon…

Martell, it would appear by his retweet, plans to be in College Station for this next big event. On Saturday, the 5-foot-10, 203-pounder who has thrown for more than 5,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 over the past two seasons, was selected as a 2017 Army All-American.

After the summer, Martell will begin his senior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas looking forward to another trip to Texas in late August when his Gaels will play at Cedar Hill, a matchup that will be televised by ESPN.

Martell continues to be active on Twitter, keeping fan bases on their toes by retweeting recruits or fans who tweet about visiting or getting an offer from or being a part of Ohio State or Texas A&M, as well as several other programs.

Believing their cupboard was pretty darn full at QB, A&M coach Kevin Sumlin signed just one quarterback in the class of 2016, Denton Liberty Christian’s Nick Starkel, a three-star prospect whose other Power 5 offers came from UCLA and Oklahoma State.

Coaches almost certainly yearn for the days before social media when a recruit couldn’t put his every thought and activity out there for all to view, causing fan bases to stir and message boards to overheat.

Martell remains committed to Texas A&M, but it would seem Sumlin’s work here is not yet done.