Tennessee had two quarterback commits in the Class of 2018 around 5 p.m. Wednesday and by 6:40 p.m. it had none.
Adrian Martinez announced on Twitter he had flipped his commitment from Tennessee to Nebraska.
— Adrian Martinez (@MartinezTheQB) December 13, 2017
Martinez had been trending towards Nebraska for the past week and finally pulled the trigger. Coach Scott Frost’s first offer was to Martinez on Dec. 2. It stood out to him that he was the top priority by the new coaching staff.
The offensive system also stood out to Martinez. Frost brings with him a spread-attack which puts up eye-popping numbers.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Tyson Helton had an in-home visit with Martinez on Monday. There must have been a disconnect between Helton’s vision for the offense and what Martinez wanted.
The dual-threat quarterback wanted to make sure he was going to the school with the right offensive fit. It’s clear he didn’t believe Tennessee’s new offensive scheme best fit his skill set.
The coaching staff moved on from commit Michael Penix, as well. The Vols have three quarterbacks returning on next seasons roster. Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride both have three years of eligibility left.
Tennessee would be wise to bring on at least one quarterback commitment this cycle, though.
Tennessee now holds 10 commitments with the early signing period beginning next Wednesday. Commitments are expected to come in this weekend with official visits lined up.