Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell entered the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday to explore options outside of the Buckeyes. He was expected to take over the starting job for Ohio State next season, but the transfer of ex-Georgia quarterback Justin Fields signaled uncertainty for Martell's time in Columbus. The redshirt freshman played in six games for the Buckeyes in 2018 behind Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins.
While the transfer news wasn't entirely shocking, college football fans were surprised to learn Tate's real name. Players in the portal are interested in transferring and can be contacted by coaches.
Martell, a former four-star prospect and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2017, completed 23-of-28 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown in 2018, and added 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
That being said, I have no doubt that Martell would have been highly successful at Ohio State, and will still be a handful for opposing defenses no matter where he goes.
Keep in mind that Martell would have to sit out a year unless he is granted a waiver by the NCAA, but those seem to be much easier to come by nowadays.