ESPN 300 quarterback Tate Martell, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class, has committed to Ohio State. The commitment gives the Buckeyes 11 ESPN 300 commitments in the class, one ahead of Alabama for the most ESPN 300 commitments in the country.
Martell has taken a winding path to get to this commitment. He started out as a Washington pledge, eventually flipped to Texas A&M, and then decommitted from the Aggies on May 4.
His decommitment caused a stir among college football fans, and prompted Texas A&M wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead to tweet, "I feel sorry for ppl who never understand loyalty. I can't really vibe with u. At the end of the day trust is & everything else is BS."
The tweet from Moorehead has since been deleted and Martell has moved on to Ohio State. His decision gives coach Urban Meyer four four-star quarterbacks from the 2015-17 classes, including 2017 commitment Danny Clark.
Clark has been committed to the Buckeyes since 2013, but Martell's pledge could impact Clark's status. While Clark has yet to issue any kind of statement since Martell's commitment, the signal-caller did comment on the possibility of Ohio State landing another quarterback in this class at Nike's The Opening regional camp in Columbus earlier this year.
"Assess the situation," Clark said. "Honestly, I'm not worried about any other quarterback in this class, especially if they come to a school that I've been committed to for three years. That doesn't faze me, but when that day comes, we'll handle that and decide what's best for me."
Clark grew up an Ohio State fan and even has a large block O tattooed across his upper arm.