Tate Martell to make his college choice – for good

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) Class of 2017 quarterback Tate Martell – who once committed to a football scholarship from the University of Washington before playing high school football – will be ending his recruiting chase on Thursday, Aug. 20, by announcing his newest college home.

Martell, who decommitted from that UW pledge in 2014 and is currently’s No. 1 rated dual-threat passer in the nation, has a top five of USC, Michigan, Alabama, Texas A&M and Washington in the fold. Martell will only be a junior once the Friday night lights come back on for Gorman this fall.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder first shot to fame at the age of 13 by becoming an early highly coveted recruit. Martell recently told Nicole Auerbach of USA Today that he was influenced by the story of David Sills, who was once a seventh grade quarterback who accepted a scholarship pledge from former USC head coach Lane Kiffin. Martell told Auerbach that he wanted to have a similar fate.

“Oh, a seventh grader commits to USC and at first I was like ‘What the heck?’ That’s crazy,’” Martell said. “And I remember saying, ‘That’s my goal.’”

Martell would then accept his UW pledge before his eighth grade year, when former Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian made an early run at him. Martell’s family, though, received backlash after the commitment. His parents told the USA Today that they often got compared to the Marinovich family, whose son Todd became a USC star quarterback but not without early attention and a strict training regimen; which diluted Marinovich’s social life and eventually helped lead to a downward spiral for the troubled ex-Los Angeles Raider.

Martell’s mother Tafi, however, said that she and her husband never pushed their son to play football.

“If he didn’t get in the car, we weren’t going to make him go,” Tafi told the USA Today. “You let them figure out stuff, because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Their life is not about me. I’m here to help them.”

Martell has a decorated prep career that features All-American honors and a state championship, which he won with the Gaels in 2014. He’s also Gorman’s offensive coordinator. Martell told that he’s the one designing the Gorman playbook and calling the plays.

Martell is considered a five-star prospect according to scouting websites. He’s drawn comparisons to former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel because of his ability to run and throw – something Manziel was good at during his time with Texas A&M.

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Martell, though, took to social media to state that he doesn’t want the Manziel comparison:

“NO! I don’t want people to know me as “The next Johnny Manziel.” I want to be known and remembered as Tate Martell!” Martell said through his Twitter page.

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Lorenzo Reyna

Lorenzo Reyna hails from the California's Central Coast, but has a bevy of experience with covering some fast-rising athletes from all over the Golden State. He's a former sports editor for The Reedley Exponent newspaper. His other credits include and


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