Ohio State is preparing to get a visit from one of the country's most dynamic and exciting 2017 prospects.
San Diego, CA Columbus, OH
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) March 23, 2016
Five-star quarterback Tate Martell, the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country and a Texas A&M commitment, is en route to Ohio for a Thursday visit with the Buckeyes. Last week, he told 11W that he may get to the school during a trip to the Midwest to see family.
"I'm just going up to Ohio to visit my family that lives there towards the end of my spring break," Martell told Eleven Warriors. "I'm not sure if I'm going to make it over to see Ohio State or not. It just depends if my grandpa wants to check it out."
Some of the plans have changed, Martell won't be in town long, but he will 100 percent visit Ohio State Thursday.
"We're still up in the air," Martell told Eleven Warriors from his seat 35,000-feet above the Plains States. "We'll be (in Ohio) at like 6:30 p.m. My dad and my grandpa, who went to Ohio State will be at Ohio State around 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning."
The visit will be one day, with a return to California on Friday to finish his spring break before he heads back to Las Vegas and Bishop Gorman High School. Committed to Texas A&M since last August, Martell says this trip to Columbus is one he felt he needed to take.
"I'm really excited to visit Ohio State because it's been my dream school for as long as I've known," Martell said. "My whole family on my mom's side loves Ohio State and a lot of them live in Ohio. I'm still excited about and committed to Texas A&M, but Ohio State would have to be my No. 2 right now."
For the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder, it's all about fit and seeing what his place in Ohio State's high-powered offense would look like. He's aware that the Buckeyes have a commitment from another four-star quarterback, Danny Clark.
"When I go on visit I try to see myself there and how I would fit at the school, such as fitting in the offense, how the coaches treat me and communicate with me, the facilities, the campus life," he said. "The last thing I look at is the quarterbacks that are on the depth chart because I know that if I want to make it in the NFL I'll have to compete and show I'm the best."