Ohio State QB Tate Martell on potentially leaving program because of Justin Fields rumor: 'Not a chance'
Is QB Dwayne Haskins going to leave Ohio State after this season?
Most likely, yes. That’s what the world believes. And, understandably so.
Especially after Oregon QB Justin Herbert announced he was returning to school for another season, Haskins’ chances of being selected highly in the 2019 NFL Draft rose even more. If he left, the money he would receive would be massive.
If that’s what indeed happens, that of course leaves a hole at QB for the Buckeyes in 2019. Insert QB Tate Martell. Martell was a big-time recruit for Ohio State in 2018 and showed some flashes this season.
However, Justin Fields, the No. 2 overall recruit in 2018, was even more sought after than Martell was. The rumor of Fields transferring from Georgia to Ohio State have been out there and they’re not going away.
On Sunday, ahead of Ohio State’s Rose Bowl game against Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 1, Martell was asked about his future and what may happen if Fields does indeed transfer to the scarlet and gray:
“Why would I leave for someone who hasn’t put a single second into this program?” Martell asked. “I put two years of really working my (butt) off into something that I’ve been waiting for and dreaming of my whole life. To just run away from somebody that hasn’t played a single second, been to workouts or anything like that, doesn’t know what the program is all about? Not a chance.”
Martell also said that he is “100 percent sure” that he will be the team’s starting QB in 2019 — regardless of whether Fields is in Columbus or not.
His certainty and confidence isn’t lacking.
All of what Martell said can be read here.