Tate Martell has been committed to Texas A&M since August and was quite outspoken on social media about his loyalty to the program during the roster turmoil and coaching speculation shortly after the 2015 season concluded.
That said, other colleges don’t seem sold on the strength of his commitment. Auburn became the latest school to offer a scholarship to Martell, which he announced Thursday night on Twitter.
EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT I HAVE RECEIVED AN OFFER TO PLAY FOR AUBURN!!! ?? pic.twitter.com/Xf98DKGMGU
— Tate Martell™ (@TheTateMartell) February 26, 2016
Louisville also offered on Thursday. California offered on Wednesday, and that one was interesting because the new Golden Bears offensive coordinator is Jake Spavital, who was Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator before he was let go in January. Martell even called Spavital his “favorite coach” when he announced Cal’s offer.
Martell, who is a rising senior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, is the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation in 2017, and the No 27 player in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
To say he is an important recruit for the Aggies would be an understatement, considering the turmoil Texas A&M has had at the position in the past 18 months. Three highly touted recruits who started games for the Aggies (Kenny Hill, Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray) left the program. While graduate transfer Trevor Knight is expected to start in 2016, Martell would be the favorite to start as a true freshman in 2017 if he follows through on his commitment.
Auburn brought in two highly-ranked quarterbacks in the Class of 2016, prep star Woody Barrett and junior college transfer John Franklin III. The Tigers had a commitment from another top 2017 QB, Lowell Narcisse, but he has de-committed and Gus Malzahn and Co. are clearly looking for another elite prospect in this class.