The Tate Martell era at Ohio State is over before it even got a chance to start. On Thursday, January 10, it was reported that Martell has officially put his name in the NCAA’s transfer database which signals the likely end of his time in Columbus.
The news — first reported by Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade — comes just two weeks after Martell said that he was ready for competition with former five-star quarterback Justin Fields, who transferred to the Buckeyes from Columbus.
While in the NCAA transfer database, other programs will have the opportunity to contact Martell about a potential transfer.
Can confirm: Tate Martell is in the NCAA transfer portal. Allows him the opportunity to speak to another school about a possible transfer from Ohio State.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 10, 2019
Martell spent the 2018 college football season as the primary backup to starting signal-caller Dwayne Haskins. With Haskins moving on, it was believed that Martell would finally have his time to shine. That all changed when Fields signed with the Buckeyes.
Martell, a former four-star recruit, has spent two years at Ohio State and thrown for 269 yards and one touchdown while adding 128 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The dual-threat quarterback now joins a crowded quarterback transfer market which will also include Alabama’s Jalen Hurts.