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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announces transfer destination

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Tate Martell is headed to Miami (Fla.) after the arrival of Justin Fields. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announces transfer destination

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Tate Martell heads south

Farewell, Tathan. We hardly knew ye. Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced his intention to transfer to Miami (Fla.), bringing his career with the Buckeyes to a close. He’s expected to have to sit out the 2019 season before being eligible to play in 2020.

He’ll join former Las Vegas Bishop Gorman teammate Brevin Jordan, a tight end for the Hurricanes, as well as former USC safety Bubba Bolden, who played with Martell at Bishop Gorman and announced his transfer to Miami a day before Martell’s name was discovered in the transfer portal. The news of Martell’s transfer to Miami was first reported late Tuesday night by Las Vegas television anchor Vince Sapienza.

Once seen as the likely heir to the starting quarterback spot at Ohio State, things changed once the Buckeyes began pursuing Georgia quarterback Justin Fields on the transfer market. At the time, Martell vowed to stay and fight for his spot, guaranteeing that he would be Ohio State’s next starting quarterback and claiming that people were underrating how difficult it would be for Fields to come in and learn the offense well enough to beat him out for the job.

Instead, he changed course, entered himself into the transfer portal and began taking visits.

Justin Fields listed among Heisman hopefuls

Speaking of Fields, he’s already being listed among next year’s Heisman Trophy hopefuls. Here are the latest odds released by BetOnline.

Trevor Lawrence            3/1

Tua Tagovailoa             4/1

Jalen Hurts                   9/1

Travis Etienne               12/1

Justin Fields                 12/1

Jake Fromm                  12/1

D’Andre Swift                12/1

Jonathan Taylor            12/1

Ian Book                       16/1

Sam Ehlinger                16/1

Justin Herbert                16/1

Jerry Jeudy                   25/1

Austin Kendall               25/1

Shea Patterson             25/1

Projecting next year’s NFL Draft decisions

The draft deadline for this year just passed, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year. With that in mind, Lettermen Row’s Nick Clarkson took a look at which Ohio State underclassmen might face an NFL Draft decision after next season.

Turner Corcoran likes Ohio State

Ohio State remains very much in the hunt for the Lawrence (Kan.) Free State 2020 offensive lineman Turner Corcoran.

The 4-star offensive tackle, the top-ranked prospect in the state of Kansas, has been focusing on seven schools since August — and the Buckeyes have remained close since his first visit to the school last June. Corcoran’s first impression of the Ohio State program has stuck with him as he has navigated through the last few months of his recruitment, even if much has changed inside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Ohio State’s recruiting efforts with Corcoran have been kind of peer-led from the beginning. Paris Johnson and Luke Wypler remain heavily involved in trying to land Corcoran for the Buckeyes. He hopes to see them again this spring in Columbus.

“I talk with Paris and Luke all the time,” he said. “They help with the recruiting for Ohio State, that’s for sure. I’m working with my family for us to get up to Columbus for the spring game weekend.”

For a full recruiting update, check out the Tuesday night edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Terence Dials on C.J. Jackson

What does C.J. Jackson bring when he’s sharp? Terence Dials returned to the Lettermen Row film lab for a BuckIQ looking at a handful of plays that reflect the boost Jackson can bring in a variety of different ways for Ohio State — on both ends of the floor.

WATCH: Terence Dials breaks down C.J. Jackson

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Maryland: 2 days
  • National Signing Day: 21 days

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Even though Martell didn’t leave like a professional, I won’t root against him at the U.


“If I don’t play here, that’s going to be on me; that’s my own fault for not being good enough or anything. I’m coming here and I want to play. That’s what it is. I don’t care who I’m competing against. I want to play.” – Tater Tot Martell

Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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