The Mountaineers are in the running for more than one quarterback transfer. Former Oklahoma QB Austin Kendall is visiting today and Tate Martell of Ohio State visited yesterday.
Can't say Neal Brown hasn't hit the ground running. He's been everywhere while also interviewing and hiring coaches and this week has had Ohio State transferring QB Tate Martell and Oklahoma transferring QB Austin Kendall visiting. #wvu
— Bob Hertzel (@bhertzel) January 14, 2019
Martell dropped a not-so-subtle hint that he was sniffing around Morgantown yesterday.
Tate Martell, per his Instagram story, appears to be spending some time in West Virginia today: pic.twitter.com/EIRRz6Mg7Y
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 13, 2019
This past season Martell backed up Dwayne Haskins and with the arrival of former top recruit Justin Fields from Georgia, it is very likely Martell would be spending more time on the bench.
Ohio State QB Tate Martell is visiting #WVU. He entered the NCAA transfer portal last week.
— Schuyler Callihan (@DVNCallihan) January 13, 2019
Even though Austin Kendall was projected to be the team’s starter in 2019, he put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 11, 2019
JC Shurbutt of The Big Spur reported that Kendall is in Morgantown today for a visit.
Since Kendall is a grad transfer, he cannot be blocked by the Sooners and is free to go wherever he chooses. He will have two years of eligibility wherever he decides to go.
One thing’s for sure, Mountaineer quarterback Jack Allison is closely monitoring these situations. Allison left Miami because they look to employ more of a dual-threat type quarterback. Per The Miami Herald:
“He loves Miami. We all love Miami, but the whole direction of the program is they want a running quarterback – a dual-threat quarterback,’’ Allison’s father said. “They want a different wrinkle in their offense.
“Jack works really hard and he wants to get on the field as soon as possible, so he’s going to go some place where he can play football. Within the last hour, several schools have expressed interest.
It will be interesting to see things shake out in the next few weeks while quarterback from major conference finish out their game of “musical chairs.”