KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee football quarterback commit Adrian Martinez put himself in the middle of controversy Thursday when he told a reporter on a Rivals USC site that he had a mutual interest in the Trojans.
Martinez took to Twitter after the article caught fire to calm fears.
— Adrian Martinez (@MartinezTheQB) June 22, 2017
When asked if he’ll take a visit to any other schools, Martinez told SEC Country, “No sir.”
“I can assure you and everyone else, that I am 100% to Tennessee,” Martinez said. “I was there for Orange Carpet Day and I stay in constant contact with the coaches, as well as my family are all in.”
Tennessee remains the place where he and his family want him to play college football. The coaching staff made an impression unlike any other staff has on Martinez, he said.
“When I got out to Tennessee and got to meet a part of the coaching staff, it just felt like part of a family,” Martinez said. “I felt like they genuinely had my back and I could be successful there.”
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound quarterback never imagined the situation would spiral into the story that it did. He will chalk it up to a learning experience, though.
“Obliviously, I kind of made a mistake by doing the interview, it’s kind of something to learn from,” Martinez said. “I kind of feel like I can be too nice sometimes and it didn’t really portray myself well and my feelings and how committed I am to Tennessee.”
Tennessee is far from Martinez’s home in Fresno, Calif., and the 4-star dual threat QB knows it won’t always be easy being so far away from home.
But he also said it will benefit him in the long run because he trust the coaching staff.
“I’m going to be going a long way from home,” Martinez said. “They are going to be my new family, my second family. Knoxville is going to be my second home and I feel comfortable there.
“It may be rough at times, but without being uncomfortable first, you can’t have growth.”