Tennessee lands commitment from nation's No. 3 QB Adrian Martinez
Ending the spring session on Rocky Top, Tennessee came a long way toward building an elite 2018 recruiting class during its Orange & White Game weekend. First with the addition of intriguing Florida running back prospect Jashaun Corbin, followed by the commitment of fellow Floridan quarterback Michael Penix, which was soon followed by the commitment of Georgia receiver Jatavious Harris. Top Mississippi defensive back Jaylon Reed soon followed those commitments and gave his own verbal pledge to join the Tennessee class.
Top Mississippi defensive back Jaylon Reed soon followed those commitments and gave his own verbal pledge to join the Tennessee class the week following the Tennessee spring game, which was followed by four-star in-state defensive lineman Brant Lawless the following week.
Well, the Vols just keep hitting on the recruiting trail, as elite California quarterback Adrian Martinez has become the latest recruit to pledge to the class. With his commitment, the Vols latest recruiting class is really beginning to stack up on the offensive side of the ball.
A native of Fresno, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Martinez had been committed to Cal leading up to his unofficial visit to Knoxville for the Orange & White Game weekend. One look at Tennessee was all it took for Martinez to decommit from Cal (he decommitted upon returning home), as the allure of playing in the SEC proved to be too much for the California native. Tennessee wasn’t Martinez’s only SEC offer as Alabama, Georgia, and Ole Miss have all recently extended scholarship offers his way. In addition to those offers, Oklahoma recently offered the talented 2018 prospect.
Here’s Martinez’s commitment tweet:
Rated as a four-star prospect, ESPN’s recruiting rankings list Martinez as the nation’s No. 32 overall prospect and No. 3 quarterback in the nation for the 2018 recruiting cycle.
— Adrian Martinez (@MartinezTheQB) April 21, 2017
To get an idea of the type of arm Martinez has, check out his junior season highlight reel. Not only can he throw it, but it looks like he has the wheels to succeed running Butch Jones’ Tennessee offense — check out his speed at 1:00 in his highlight reel. The young quarterback also possesses the ability to use his mobility to evade pressure in the pocket without dropping his eyes from his downfield targets, somewhat of a rare trait for an elite high school athlete. His accuracy on the move is also impressive in this highlight reel.
Tennessee now has 10 total commits, seven of which come on the offensive side of the ball. The Vols 2018 recruiting class currently ranks as the SEC’s second-best class behind only LSU and is likely to push into the nation’s Top 10 recruiting classes thanks to the commitment of Martinez.