As an undergraduate, Martell would have to sit out next season if he transfers to another school without receiving a waiver from Ohio State.
Fans on social media were really shocked when they discovered Martell's real name after a portal screenshot showed up as "Tathan" instead of "Tate Martell".
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Sources confirmed to The Athletic that Martell added his name to the transfer portal, but it doesn't guarantee he will leave the school. Martell's decision comes on the heels of the Buckeyes' recent acquisition of former five-star recruit Justin Fields, who transferred from Georgia after one season.
"I'm going to be honest, that's what's really kept me here to this point", he said.
The dual-threat quarterback now joins a crowded quarterback transfer market which will also include Alabama's Jalen Hurts. Fields will reportedly ask the NCAA for immediate eligibility in hopes of playing for the team in 2019. A Gatorade Football Player of the Year, Martell was 45-0 as the Gaels starter, capturing three straight state titles while passing and running for 7,510 yards and 113 touchdowns, second most in Nevada history. Those rushing stats made him Ohio State's third-leading rusher in 2018.