Source: Ohio St. QB Martell, exploring the transfer

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Ohio State Quarterback Tate Martell has posted his name on the NCAA transfer portal, a source said. Recruit Redshirt does not have to transfer by entering the portal, but it allows other programs to contact him to assess his interest if he chooses to leave the Buckeyes.

The decision came just six days after Georgian quarterback Justin Fields announced plans to move to Ohio State. Fields was the No. 1 rookie in the 2018 class and reportedly requested a waiver from the NCAA to immediately qualify for the Buckeyes.

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  • The Ohio State quarterback's lawyer, who has helped other players get a transfer waiver, is hoping to get an answer on 2019 over the next six weeks.

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    Martell redshirts his freshman season before backing up Dwayne Haskins in 2018. He completed 23 passes for a total of 269 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 128 yards with 2 touchdowns in his replacement role.

    During the recruiting process, Martell enlisted in Washington in eighth grade, disengaged and eventually committed to Texas A & M before resending his decision to Ohio State.

    According to a source, Miami is a school that could be interested in the native of Las Vegas.

    If Martell transfers, he will still have three years of eligibility and, unless a waiver, he will have to spend the 2019 season.

    After the Ohio State's 28-23 win over Washington at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Martell explained that the reason he had not been transferred to the past was his love for his team mates .

    "I'm going to be honest, that's what has really kept me going so far," he said.

    "There are probably a ton of other schools in which I could start now," Martell added, noting the success of former Buckeyes quarterback Joe Burrow at LSU.

    "Joe's leaving, he's only been a summer with a team and he's the starting quarterback for a SEC program," he said.