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It looks like we've got yet another blockbuster quarterback submitting his name into the NCAA transfer portal this week. Ohio State's QB depth chart took a hit when Tathan "Tate" Martell submitted his name to the transfer portal Thursday afternoon. The former four-star QB recruit could fit in quite a few new places across the country, though whether he transfers or not is still up in the air. Here are the four college football programs that make the most sense as a landing spot for Martell.
4. West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia is entering a new era after hiring Neal Brown to replace longtime head coach Dana Holgorsen, who left the Mountaineers for the Houston Cougars' job in late December. WVU's star pocket-passer QB Will Grier has also declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, so the Mountaineers are also on the hunt for a new QB to fit their explosive-passing offensive system.
3. Notre Dame
Rising-senior QB Ian Book sparked a national-contention resurgence in Notre Dame's program in the 2018 season. Book is certainly a lock to start his senior season in the 2019 campaign, but that'd be a perfect timeline for Martell to sit out his one season and take over after a year of familiarity in South Bend.
2. UCF Knights
The Knights excelled under McKenzie Milton's pocket-passing for the past two seasons. But with his future career in football undecided following a gruesome leg injury that will likely have him out of the entire 2019 season at minimum, Orlando could be a solid option for a guy like Martell. Not to mention, snagging a former Ohio State guy and placing him at the helm of a Group of Five team playing with a lot to prove like UCF could be quite the inspired union.
1. LSU Tigers
The Tigers actually already have one Ohio State pocket-passer transfer QB on their roster in Joe Burrow. That seemed to work out pretty well for a previously-anemic offense that had been searching for a true passing threat since Zach Mettenberger's time in Baton Rouge came to an end after 2013-14 season. Burrow also has just one year of eligibility remaining, which is a good timeline for Martell to take over in the 2020-21 season.
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