No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) quarterback Tate Martell has been named the 2016-17 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year.
Martell received the honor in a surprise presentation at his home from former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, who was in the family kitchen when Martell returned home from school. George, wearing a chef’s hat and apron, reached under the counter and pulled out the trophy.
“Tate really deserves to be this year’s Gatorade National Football Player of the Year because he embodies everything the award stands for,” George said in a new release. “Not only has Tate excelled on the field, but he’s also a stellar student and is a positive influence in the community. I’m excited to follow his career and watch all the things he will accomplish in the future.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Martell is now a finalist for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, which will be presented in July in Los Angeles.
Martell has won the Gatorade Nevada State Player of the Year twice — once a sophomore and this year. This season, Martell led the Gaels to another undefeated season and a third consecutive Super 25 championship. He finished his career with a 45-0 record and 113 touchdown passes. As a senior, he completed 136 of 215 passes for 2,362 yards and 41 touchdowns with just one interception. He also rushed for 1,257 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Martell has a 3.32 grade point average. He has volunteered as a youth football coach and as a mentor to elementary-school students.
“Big-game experience, toughness and a lightning-quick release have helped elevate Tate Martell into one of the top prospects in the 2017 class,” said Craig Haubert, ESPN’s national recruiting coordinator said. “(He) has shown big-play ability with the tools to hurt defenses with both his arm and legs. Despite his lack of ideal stature, he has proven to be resourceful as a passer, blending athleticism, mechanics and feel for the position to be productive from the pocket or to create second chances and keep plays alive. Martell has proven himself a competitive and talented player and has amassed a track record of wins that’s impressive as any in this class.”
Martell will play his last high school game at the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 7 in San Antonio and days later will enroll at Ohio State.