Four-star dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez is leaving the West Coast and heading to the SEC after committing to Tennessee late last week.
“There was a lot that went into that decision,” Martinez told GN. “It wasn’t an easy one and it’s something I’ve been talking about with my family for a while now. My dad and I visited Knoxville about three weeks ago and we loved everything about it.
“Everything was laid out for us in regards to what life would be like for me there as a student and as a football player. We loved it and I felt like it was the perfect fit for me. It is an amazing opportunity and one that I couldn’t turn down. The three weeks after taking that visit, I couldn’t stop dreaming about being the quarterback at the University of Tennessee. I just knew it was the right place for me and I wanted to go ahead and make that move.”
Martinez (6 feet 2, 198 pounds), from Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West, is among the top 10 dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and is a top-175 prospect overall in the class of 2018.
Martinez chose Tennessee over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon and many others, and did so in large part because of his relationship with the Volunteers’ coaching staff.
“Coach Butch Jones and Coach (Mike) Canales (quarterbacks coach) have been my primary recruiters, and it’s been great,” Martinez said. “We stay in contact with texts and calls and stuff like that. They really made a lasting impact on my dad and myself. They got personal and wanted to get to know me and went beyond other recruiters.
“They showed me through their actions that I was a high priority for them, and I really appreciated it. It went a long way in our book.”
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