Expect plenty of references to Johnny Manziel, the Aggies’ Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, in the coming months and years. Martell has drawn his fair share of parallels to Johnny Football, mostly due to his size — Martell is 5-11, 180 — and his dynamic ability to make plays with his feet. He can expect to hear even more comparisons now that he’s a Texas A&M commit.
He also can expect comparisons to Kyler Murray, the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year from Allen, Texas, who arrived on campus this summer. Murray never lost a high school game as a starting quarterback in leading Allen to three state titles.
“Martell is a dynamic QB who is further along as a passer than Kyler Murray but not quite as fast and dynamic as a runner,” said Mike Farrell, national recruiting director for Rivals.com. “But he’s thicker at the same stage and should be even more solid with two years of high school ball left so the only true question is height and his ability to throw through passing lanes rather than over the top as the competition gets better and players get bigger. He has a lot of Johnny Football in him on the field, a great improviser.”
Within two minutes of Martell’s tweet, A&M coach Kevin Sumlin tweeted:
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