Tate Martell reportedly considering position change
Tate Martell’s college football career could be taking another interesting turn. According to reports, the Miami Hurricane quarterback could be switching to wide receiver.
A Las Vegas-based sportswriter, Willie G. Ramirez tweeted Thursday that Martell was considering a move to wide receiver. (Martell played at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas) Now InsideTheU, the Miami Hurricanes 247Sports site, is confirming the report saying Martell is contemplating the position change.
Position changes happen all the time in college football, but once upon a time (2016) Martell was rated a 5-star quarterback prospect and committed to Texas A&M. He backed off that pledge to the Aggies and signed with Ohio State. His time at OSU came to an end upon the arrival of former Georgia QB Justin Fields.
247Sports recruiting expert Barton Simmons weighed in on the possible position change in a recent episode of the College Football Daily podcast, via InsideTheU:
“It’s just one of the many directions someone can go when they’re an undersized quarterback who is also really athletic,” Simmons said on The College Football daily podcast. “[National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins] has seen Tate more than anybody. He was talking about how he’s seen Tate running around catching passes at quarterback camps. He’s got natural pass-catching ability. The ball skills are there. He is very athletic. He is sudden and has some twitch and body movement to his game. That short-area quickness was one of the best qualities he had. As a slot guy that could create space and get separation as a route runner, there’s a lot of those guys with success in all levels of football right now. I’m not saying that’s where he needs to go, but in the spectrum of options, you have to include that as one of them.”
The news that Martell will not be Miami’s starting quarterback against Florida on Aug. 24 led to speculation of another transfer and some strongly worded advice from Paul Finebaum. After reportedly being absent from one practice, Martell returned to UM’s fall camp this week.
NOT confirmed, but per a source close to the situation, former Gorman QB and three-time national HS champion Tate Martell is expected to try his hand at wide receiver for the Miami Hurricanes.
— W.G. Ramirez (@WillieGRamirez) August 15, 2019