Tate Martell hasn’t heard much from coaches or media outlets since he announced his commitment to Texas A&M last month.
The 5-star quarterback from Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) says things have settled. Gone are the days of waking up to 20 or so text messages wondering where he will be committing. It was a hectic ride that ended on Aug. 20, when he announced his decision through Twitter.
According to Martell, his announcement received 753 retweets in 30 seconds.
“It was pretty unreal,” Martell told the AJC’s SECCountry.com.
Now, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound quarterback said he spends his time actively recruiting Texas A&M targets, including two of his own high school teammates.
“I have two I’m getting after,” Martell said. “My defensive tackle Haskell Garrett and my receiver Tyjon Lindsey. Those are the two that have been offered by Texas A&M. They’re both top 50 players in the country and they’re both really good. There are a couple of other players I talk to every once in awhile.”
Lindsey, a 5-star, is rated as the No. 3 receiver in next year’s class and currently lives with Martell and his parents. Garrett, a Hawaii transplant, listed Texas A&M among his top schools in August. Martell will unofficially visit Texas A&M on Oct. 17 with the duo.
Find out what else the 5-star quarterback had to say below:
On what stood out about Texas A&M: “I’ve really liked them since Johnny Manziel played there, how they used him. That’s when I started liking them. Ever since he was there, I kind of started watching them a little bit. I fit that offense and how they use their quarterbacks. That was a big reason. Also, the coaches are awesome. (Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital) and (coach Kevin Sumlin), I really like them a lot. And the facilities there and the college atmosphere is really what I enjoyed about the whole trip when I was out there, too.”
On being compared to Johnny Manziel: “It doesn’t really bug me that people compare me to Johnny. There are similarities in how we play. Our big-play potential is what we’re known for. Being undersized and still being able to perform really well is what we’re known for. I think that’s why we draw that comparison. Obviously, I want to go there and make a name for myself. I don’t want to be the next Johnny Manziel. I want to be the first Tate Martell.”
On his impressions of the Aggies this season: “I’m not surprised at all. I expected them to play like this. I knew just from talking to the coaches and the players that they have and how they ran their offense when I was out there on my visit. I had no doubt they would go out there and do really well. I knew they were underrated as soon as the rankings came out and it said they were last in the SEC. It’s all good now. They’re moving their way up. That’s all that matters right now.”
On quarterback competition: “I’ve been in quarterback competitions every single year. This is my first year since eighth grade that I haven’t been in one. Freshman year, I went to a team that never had a freshman start on varsity. I went there for a starting spot and earned it. I came to Bishop Gorman last year. There was a senior in the spot. He was there all year. I didn’t come in until one month before the first game. I went in and got the starting job. I’m used to doing that. I just go there and do my best. I have no problem competing for my job.”