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West Virginia Mountaineers Should Stay Far Away from Tate Martell

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Tate Martell has been the butt of the jokes across the college football world this week. Martell was a one-time highly-touted prospect out of Las Vegas who was featured on the Netflix series “QB1”. He then took his talents to Ohio State. Well he ended up transferring from Columbus after former five-star recruit Justin Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State. Martell landed at Miami, received a waiver to be eligible immediately, however this week it was announced he was not going to be the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes. He then proceeded to miss practice on Monday, but according to the program he was still with the team.


So, what now for Martell? Well there is plenty of speculation that he will, once again, look into transferring. While he will most definitely have to sit out a year, one school that popped up on the list of potential future destinations for Martell is West Virginia. About Martell ending up in Morgantown, The Big Lead wrote:

“Will Grier turned his career around at West Virginia after a rough start at Florida. WVU has been a transfer haven over the years and Martell could team up with new coach Neal Brown to create a dynamic offense. Brown came to Morgantown from Troy, where he helped turn around a disaster of a program.

Based on tweets when he was transferring from Ohio State, Martell was considering West Virginia before he chose Miami. It wouldn’t be shocking for him to consider the Mountaineers again.”

If I could grab the ear of Neal Brown for one second, I would simply scream, “NO!” Stay away. Please.

I have been turned off by Martell since I watched him on the QB1 Netflix series. Sure, television shows don’t tell you all about a person, but they certainly can tell you enough. There was the high maintenance, touch of arrogance and elitism I was not drawn to. And yes, of course, people can grow, but based on some of the odd rumors and things being tossed out there like this, does it appear as if much as changed?

At West Virginia, the Mountaineers have some QB options with Jack Allison and Austin Kendall both with two years of eligibility left. Plus Jarrett Doege is a junior and Trey Lowe and Trent Jackson are redshirt freshmen. You can read our Big 12 QB rankings here.

Since Martell is almost guaranteed to have to sit out a year if he does transfer again, the Mountaineers have zero use in adding him to the quarterback room in 2020. The drama could not possibly outweigh the potential talent. Just ask Ohio State or Miami.

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