Four-star dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez, a national top-175 player and one of Tennessee’s top 2018 commitments, says the firing of Butch Jones hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm about becoming a Vol.
“Right now, I’m committed to Tennessee,” Martinez told GN. “That’s where I want to go to school and that’s where I want to play football. But my mindset right now is I want to play things out and see how things progress.
“I want to see who the new coach is going to be and if they feel the same way about me as the old staff. That’s a big thing for me: I want to make sure that they have confidence in me moving forward. I need to make sure I do the right thing for myself and have backup plans and form relationships with other schools and coaches, just in case things don’t go the way I plan them to.”
Martinez (6 feet 2, 198 pounds), from Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West, is among the top-10 duel-threat quarterbacks in the country. He committed to Tennessee in May and is one of two top-200 prospects remaining on UT’s commitment list.
“We are going to see who they bring in, and I know it’s going to be a great coach and one that will turn this program around and make it a national contender, and that’s a program I want to be a part of,” said Martinez, who took an official visit to Ohio State this past weekend. “For me now, it’s all about figuring out who the coach is, whenever he is named, and establishing a relationship from there.”
Martinez said he first heard about Jones’ firing on Twitter.
“I did talk with Tennessee athletic director John Currie and he filled me in and reassured me of the situation,” he said. “I’m confident they are going to make a great hire and one that is convenient for me, given that I’m signing in December.”
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