Tate Martell, the top-rated quarterback recruit for the Class of 2017, announced Thursday night on Twitter that he will attend Texas A&M.
Martell, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, had considered Alabama, Michigan, USC and Washington before ultimately committing to the Aggies.
Martell’s play has been described as similar to Johnny Manziel, a former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner. While many thought he’d attend USC because of his ties to head coach Steve Sarkisian, Martell ultimately chose to play in College Station, Texas.
Martell committed to Washington and Sarkisian when he was in the seventh grade. Sarkisian is now leading the resurgent Trojans.
Tate’s pick is a stunner. Especially considering the Aggies are loaded with quality QBs, including probable 2015 starter Kyle Allen and 2015 highly touted recruit Kyler Murray, whose father Kevin Murray is an A&M quarterback legend.
“It was a difficult decision, but I now know exactly where I want to go,” Martell said, according to Bleacher Report’s Damon Sayles. “I think it’s the best decision I’ve made so far. It’s a great school, and I think I’ll do well there.”
For Aggie fans, they can read up on their new quarterback at USA Today. They can also enjoy highlights of Martell’s 2014 season at the video link posted above.
For the Crimson Tide, Wolverines, Trojans and Huskies, it’s time to get back on the recruiting trail.