Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Today, we discuss quarterback commit Adrian Martinez’s assurance to Tennessee and tight end recruit Tommy Tremble’s trip to Knoxville.
Four-star quarterback Adrian Martinez took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to assure Tennessee fans he has not wavered on his commitment to the Vols.
— Adrian Martinez (@MartinezTheQB) June 22, 2017
This came after fear from an article on Rivals of interest from USC in the quarterback, and Martinez saying he is interested in hearing more.
Martinez, a California native, plays football for Clovis West High School, about a 4 hour-hour drive from USC’s campus.
At this most recent time, it doesn’t seem like Martinez wants to consider another school. His actions seem genuine from the tweet affirming his commitment to Tennessee to continuing to pursue top-committed prospects in the class for the Vols.
Martinez committed to the Vols on May 12 after de-committing from Cal.
“I know coaches see me as more of a passer,“ Martinez told SEC Country a month ago. “(Dobbs) was able to run the ball very well, and I can run the ball as well, but I want to really be able to throw the ball, and that’s what you have to do at the end of the day.
“I feel I can bring both to the table at the end of the day. But I’m very humbled by the comparison to Joshua Dobbs.”
Also, worth noting, Tennessee holds a commitment from quarterback Michael Penix Jr., so if the day came for a Martinez de-commitment, the Vols would not be in a terrible spot.
Tommy Tremble enjoyed his Tennessee visit
One of the fastest rising stars of the 2018 recruiting class has been Georgia tight end Tommy Tremble.
He rates as a 3-star prospect, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, and as the No. 24 tight end in the class.
He spoke with WMNL’s Josh Ward on the Tennessee football podcast about his Orange Carpet Day experience and recruitment process (the interview begins at the 24:10 mark).
Tremble echoes most of the other recruits’ sentiments that Orange Carpet Day had a nice feel to it. With the games and activities Saturday, the day felt more like hanging out than being on a recruiting visit.
The day stood out as something different than what Tremble experienced in the recruiting process.
“That’s probably the first one I’ve ever really had,” Tremble told Ward. “Every other visit, I’ve either done a camp or they just really want to recruit me hard during that time.”
Butch Jones’ design seems to have paid off, too, as Tremble came away liking Tennessee more than he did the week before.
“It really did make a big impact on me,” Tremble said. “Just being around that family environment and meeting with the coaches and stuff. With them being real with me and not putting on a show and being personal. It really boosted their thoughts to me.”
The offers began to come in droves less than three months ago and have not stopped. The appreciation of his football skills has been one of his favorite parts of the entire process.
“Being wanted as a football player,” Tremble said. “I thought I was good but I’d question if I was really cut out to play at the next level. So being wanted by the coaches and stuff and being wanted on their teams out of everyone in the country is the best part out of the recruitment.”
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end’s ties to Georgia run deeper than just being an in-state prospect. His father, Greg Tremble, played safety for the Bulldogs.
“Growing up, I was a Georgia fan all my life,” Tremble said. “So, I’ve gone to the games and stuff and I went to the stadium with my dad’s friends who are alumni there too who played. It’s cool visiting there and knowing that I have an opportunity to go there, as well.”
Georgia will likely be the team Tennessee must fight with for Tremble’s commitment.
He plans to release his top-10 schools within the next two weeks and commit after taking all of his official visits, probably in the middle of the football season.
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