Tate Martell: biography
The California native, Tate Martell is a prospective football player. He started his college career in 2017, as a freshman of the Ohio State Buckeyes. As a Big Ten Champion, he moved to Miami Hurricanes in 2019. Tate plays at a quarterback position. He is dating the Instagram model Kiki Passo. As of 2019, there is no information about Tate’s net worth, as his first professional contract is ahead.
Childhood and youth
Tathan’s birthplace was a Poway. He was born to his parents on January 26, 1998. Tate spent his childhood in the same city and began studying at the local high school. Being interested in football from an early age, he started playing it when he was seven. Tate stood out among his peers, as he was able not only to run but also to throw the ball, playing on the quarterback position.
High school football career
Martell started for Poway and led the team to 4-7 in his freshman season. In summer 2014, he transferred to Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas. In 2015 and 2016 Martell became the Gatorade Nevada State Player of the Year. In that season, he led the Gaels to an undefeated season and a third consecutive Super 25 championship.
Tate finished his career with a 45-0 record, and 113 touchdown passes. As a senior, he completed 136 of 215 passes for 2,362 yards and 41 touchdowns with just one interception. He also rushed for 1,257 yards and 21 touchdowns. Martell began attracting the attention of college scouts very early. But he was not faithful in choosing a university.
He was only 14 years old when he made a first verbal commitment to the University of Washington. In 2015 he changed the decision and announced he was going to go to Texas A&M University. When he gave up his choice in 2016, the story turned into a mini-saga. The Texas fans started sending tweets criticizing Martell for his decision. Soon, they dragged his family members into that situation. Most of all suffered his younger sister, Rylee. Twitter was filled with offensive comments about her. Then Tate wrote:
“The fact that "grown-ups" are tweeting disrespectful things to my sister because of MY decision to decommit is really sad... GROW UP!”
However, Rylee Martell turned out to be a strong girl and supported her brother. She posted, mentioning Tate:
“I think it is hilarious that all these people tweet you thinking you care when in reality they're just irrelevant haters. All you people want to sit here and talk crap behind your computers, but once you and your kids see him in person, you ask for autographs. Funny”
Then Martell agreed to join the Buckeyes and moved to another high school to graduate early. At the beginning of 2017, Tate entered the OSU.
College football career
Martell started playing for Buckeyes in 2018. However, he spent only six games, in which he scored the following stats: 22 rush attempts, 128 rushing yards, 269 passing yards, and three touchdowns. Tate didn’t become the starting Ohio State’s quarterback. However, in December 2018, Martell told reporters at the Rose Bowl's media day that he was "100 percent" confident he would be the Buckeyes' starting player in 2019.
In January 2019 his team position worsened, as Buckeyes acquired Justin Fields, a former five-star prospect and the country's No. 2 recruit in the 2018 class. When Martell's name appeared in the NCAA transfer portal on January 10, it became an unexpected event. On January 15, Martell announced his transfer to Miami.
Like many college football players who elected to transfer before they graduated, Martell hired a lawyer to assist in his appeal to the NCAA to make him eligible immediately for the Hurricanes. When Tate’s attorney spoke about his upcoming attempt to get Martell the NCAA waiver and his quotes gave some insight into the quarterback's thoughts through the transfer process, it became clear that the change from Urban Meyer as head coach to Ryan Day played a factor in Martell's decision.
In March Martell received permission to play for the Hurricanes in 2019 and it seemed that the situation had improved. However, on August 12 Tate was not named Miami’s starting quarterback for the season opener against Florida. According to reports, the former four-star quarterback was a no-show at the Hurricanes’ practice on that day.
Because of that history, numerous media outlets have opined on where Martell should transfer to next, but there have been no determinations on his future. The Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell expressed his ideas about Martell’s next career steps:
“There is zero doubt he should stay and work hard to fight for his chance. He’s made some rash decisions before when it comes to commitments and things he’s said, but I don’t blame him for leaving Ohio State with Justin Fields coming in. However, to transfer again would be a disaster.
Suck it up, get back to work and be there for the team if and when they need you. Too many prospects in this day and age, especially quarterbacks, aren’t willing to wait their turn. And yes it’s worked out for some such as Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, but for many others, it’s been a disappointment.”
Martell could stay at Miami and continue to battle for playing time, or he could transfer for a second time, but he would likely have to spend the season on the bench if he did. If he were to transfer, one intriguing possibility to land his services would be Arizona.
In July 2019 Martell confirmed that he was dating the Instagram model, Kiki Passo. She was born in Brazil before moving to the United States. Her Instagram feed consistently saw her donning swimsuits. KiKi is one of the rising models on Instagram for her hot and sensational body figure. Her perfect hourglass figure has attracted the attention of almost a million followers from all around the world. She stated that she was extremely lucky to have Tate as her boyfriend and partner.
Achievements and awards
- 2016 – The Best Offensive Player
- 2016, 2017 – Gatorade Player of the Year Award
- 2017, 2018 – Big Ten Champion
- 2019 – Rose Bowl Champion