KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kids will be kids, and that’s precisely why the newly enacted early signing date in December this year will benefit everyone.
Tennessee QB “commit” Adrian Martinez is the latest example of why major programs never truly know where they stand with a player until the ink is dry on signing day.
Martinez made a public, verbal pledge to sign with Tennessee on May 12, following up with a round of interviews about his goals, dreams and aspirations with the Vols.
“I really feel like it’s the best place for me and the best college football has to offer and I’m ready to do something special, I truly think we can,” Martinez said.
Martinez explained that he de-committed from Cal because of the coaching changes that took place there.
It all made sense at the time, but then Martinez did an interview with a Southern Cal writer, and things don’t seem as stable anymore.
“In the world of recruiting, you never know what can happen,” Martinez said in an interview with Trojansports.com. “I think it couldn’t hurt to visit and check things out and hear them out, if they had anything to offer to me. So you never really know how these things will go. I’ll play it day by day at this point.”
Southern Cal has yet to offer Martinez a scholarship, but the Vols’ QB commit said his interest “probably will” grow in the Trojans if the school elevates its interest in him.
Martinez has talked about wanting to help Tennessee recruit other players, but it’s hypocritical for him to tell other prospects to get on board with the Vols if he, himself, is still open to considering attending another school.
Martinez has since said that he’s “pretty firm” on his commitment to Tennessee, but the true test of his desire to be a Vol might not come until he gets an offer from Southern Cal.
That early signing day can’t get here soon enough for coaches who have players like Martinez in their signing class.