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K-State Closing in on Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez, Lands 2022 OT Jalen Klemm

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Kansas State appears poised to add Nebraska transfer quarterback Adrian Martinez to its 2022 roster. Martinez, whose girlfriend plays soccer for K-State, will be visiting Manhattan this weekend for the second time in as many weeks. According to Derek Young of Rivals’ K-State Online, Martinez will be accompanied on this visit by his family, a sign that likely means the visit is intended to put the finishing touches on Martinez’s transfer to K-State.

K-State was the leading contender for Martinez’s services as soon as he hit the portal on December 2; however, he also visited Cal on Tuesday to investigate an option closer to his hometown of Fresno, CA.


Martinez started 38 games in four seasons with the Cornhuskers and served as a team captain in the last three. He holds a bevy of Nebraska career records, including total offense (10,792 yards), completions (670), 250-yard passing games (16), and single-season passing percentage (71.5% in 2020).

Martinez threw for 2,863 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2021 through 11 games. However, he suffered a shoulder injury that prevented him from playing in the Cornhuskers’ season finale against Iowa. The injury required off-season surgery, and he will not be able to participate in Spring camp in 2022.


All told, Martinez has completed 670 of 1,055 passing attempts for 8,491 yards, 45 touchdowns, and 30 interceptions through four seasons with Nebraska. While his turnovers are a concern, his addition would be a great benefit to K-State, which currently has no heir-apparent to departing QB Skylar Thompson.


The addition of Martinez would come on the heels of K-State landing its highest-rated recruit in the 2022 cycle. Klem, of Gibsonia, PA, who is the son of Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach, Adrian Klemm, announced his commitment to K-State on Thursday.

Klem is a three-star recruit and rated the 579th best player nationally as well as the 49th best offensive tackle in the 2022 cycle by 247 Sports. Klemm chose K-State over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Kentucky, NC-State, Nebraska, and Washington State, among several others. He is the 14th addition to K-State’s 2022 class.

K-State’s 2022 class currently ranks 8th in the Big 12 according to 247 Sports, behind Texas Tech and ahead of TCU.

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