Bishop Gorman senior quarterback Tate Martell is known for being one of the nation’s most confident — cocky, even — passers. He does not mince words, and he never lacks self-assurance when it comes to his talent. We all learned that won’t change during his final prep campaign on Saturday, when No. 3 Bishop Gorman’s routed Texas power No. 5 Cedar Hill, 44-14.
Martell, an Ohio State commit, celebrated the second touchdown of the three he scored on the ground with an O-H-I-O hand sign in honor of the Buckeyes. The move was captured by ESPN cameras, who were filming the game as part of the GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff, and it certainly reinforced the notion that after two prior decommitments, Martell has finally found his permanent future home in Columbus.
If the O-H-I-O chant was mostly all harmless fun, Martell’s Twitter activity following the win was a bit more aggressive. While he has since deleted both Tweets in question, College Spun reported that he released the following messages on social media shortly after the Gaels’ victory:
- TEXAS WHO?
- An “updated United States map” which placed Nevada over Texas.
The good news is that Martell was clearly clever enough not to take any individual, or even Cedar Hill as a team, to task for the ease of Bishop Gorman’s victory. After all, when you’ve won 40 straight and back-to-back USA TODAY Super 25 national titles, you expect to win whenever you walk on to the field. The other good news for Martell and co.? There are no additional teams from Texas on Gorman’s schedule.