Decision time for Adrian Martinez is looming, and the choice is down to two major-conference programs with huge followings and rich histories.
The Clovis West High senior, rated as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247Sports, appears to be deciding between Tennessee and Nebraska as next week’s early signing period approaches.
Martinez, who will graduate next month, plans to enroll early at his new school and participate in spring football.
“I want to make a decision within the next couple days, honestly,” Martinez said Monday evening during an interview at his family’s Clovis home. “Sometime this week probably will be my final decision.”
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The newly hired head coaches at both programs are making last-minute pushes for Martinez’s services.
Adrian and his father, Tony Martinez, spent last weekend in Lincoln, Neb., touring the Cornhusker facilities and being wooed by new coach Scott Frost, who also recruited Martinez during his tenure at Central Florida.
Frost was then scheduled to fly to Fresno on Tuesday for in-home and campus visits.
The Nebraska visit comes one day after Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Tyson Helton both flew to Fresno on Monday to meet with Tony Martinez at his Hanford office and Adrian at Clovis West. Pruitt and Martinez also met at a sandwich stop near campus.
Martinez has been orally committed to Tennessee since May and made an official visit to Knoxville in September. However, last month’s firing of coach Butch Jones caused him to look at other options. He also made a recruiting trip to Ohio State but did not receive a scholarship offer.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, who sat out his senior season due to a shoulder injury, also considered Fresno State before canceling scheduled in-home and campus visits with the Bulldogs.
“I know I’m blessed to be in this situation,” Martinez said. “I know a lot of people would love to have the problem I have, right? But, nonetheless, this is still pretty hard. This is a life decision. … It has big implications for my future, so there’s a lot to weigh and think about.”
What will be the deciding factor?
“There’s so much that goes into this that it isn’t just one thing,” he replied. “It’s more a gut feeling that’ll be the biggest deciding factor, and I can’t tell you which way that is right now. I’m pretty up in the air with it.”