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July 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

UW reportedly gets commit from 8th-grade San Diego QB

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(The original version of this blog post had an incorrect age for Tate Martell. It has been corrected).

Remember a few years ago when USC got a commitment from 13-year-old David Sills?

Sounds like UW may have its own budding QB prodigy in the fold.

A PR firm representing QB coach Steve Clarkson — who coaches Sills and also counts Nick Montana and Matt Barkley among numerous students and has known UW coach Steve Sarkisian for two decades or so dating to when Sarkisian was one of Clarkson’s first pupils— just sent an e-mail saying UW has gotten a commitment from Tate Martell, a 14-year-old San Diego QB (that’s him pictured) who is entering the eighth grade this fall.

The e-mail reads: “8th grade quarterback and San Diego native Tate Martell has just made a verbal commitment to the University of Washington. Discovered by renowned quarterback coach Steve Clarkson, Martell was a part of the Throwback Football League as a member of the Mira Mesa Chargers, and was named MVP of the 2012 season. He is the youngest student to commit to a Division 1 school since Clarkson’s discovery David Sills committed to USC in 2010.”

A phone call to the PR firm confirmed the e-mail is legit and Clarkson is expected to talk about this later today.

I’ll pass on more as I get it. UW coaches cannot comment on this and obviously a lot can change in the four years between now and when Martell would be signing a letter-of-intent for the Class of 2017. He is listed at 5-11, 180 pounds, via the e-mail. He turned 14 in January.

Here’s some video of Martell:
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