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Trendsetters

These quarterbacks are worthy of imitation.  They set the bar high and will dominate the football landscape for decades to come.  I invite you to follow their journeys as they demonstrate the skills that set them apart from all others.

KJ Costello

KJ Costello

Pro-Style

Height: 6'5"
Weight: 210 lbs.

Class of 2016

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Tate Martell

Tate Martell

Pro-Style Athlete

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180 lbs.

Class of 2017

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Shea Patterson

Shea Patterson

Mobile Pro-Style

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190 lbs.

Class of 2016

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Travis Waller

Travis Waller

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 190 lbs.

Class of 2015

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Brady White

Brady White

Pro Style Quarterback

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190 lbs.

Class of 2015

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David Sills

David Sills

Mobile Pro Style Quarterback

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195 lbs.

Class of 2015

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Wilton Speight

Wilton Speight

Mobile Pro Style Quarterback

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 230 lbs.

Class of 2014

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These quarterbacks are worthy of imitation. They set the bar high and will dominate the football landscape for decades to come. I invite you to follow their journeys as they demonstrate the skills that set them apart from all others.

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Tate Martell was not the starting quarterback when the Bishop Gorman Gaels of Las Vegas took on California powerhouse, Servite, for their second game of the season. But he came in the game with his team barely up 7-6 and passed for over 150 yards including 3 touchdowns and ran for over 100 to lead the Gaels to a 48-27 victory and solidify his spot as the team’s starting quarterback.

 What made the victory even cooler for Martell was the fact that he beat fellow trendsetter and friend, Travis Waller.

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“Travis and i have a pretty good relationship,” Martell says. “We text and we talk all the time; Snapchat and Instagram too.”

 Martell also admitted that the two mess with each other “all the time.” Nothing better than a win in a big game to mess with your opponent.

 This is Martell’s first season at Bishop Gorman. The 16-year-old, who made headlines for his commitment to the University of Washington when he was only in 7th grade, transferred from Poway High School in Southern California.

 One of Martell’s receivers, Tyjon Lindsey, actually transferred over to Gorman from Poway as well. It just so happens that Lindsey has been living with Martell and his family for the past year and a half.

 “Tyjon is pretty much like a brother to me,” says Martell fondly.

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Their tight-knit relationship at home only enhances their play on the field he says. Lindsey caught two touchdowns from Martell in the game against Servite.

As if it weren’t cool enough to throw to his own brother, Martell’s other touchdown pass was to Cordell Broadus who is the son of Snoop Lion, the rapper formerly known as Snoop Dogg.

Martell leads a star-studded team that has aspirations of winning a national championship. The Gaels were ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today and are among the top ten in other national polls.

Their work ethic may carry them to that title. According to Martell, the team embodies a sign at the entrance of their locker room which says “Through these doors is the hardest working team in America.”

For Martell, that work ethic stems from a deeply-rooted love of the game.

 “My parents have pictures of me running around the house with a 49ers helmet on when i was like a year old,” he laughs.

 It wasn’t until he was six years old though that he actually took the field competitively for the first time as a 3rd string offensive tackle in Pop Warner. He became a quarterback shortly thereafter, always wearing No. 18 in honor of his favorite football player.

 “I’ve always loved Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning is my favorite quarterback. That’s why I wear 18,” he says proudly.

 He won’t be the next Peyton Manning though. His style is that of a more mobile quarterback like Russell Wilson or Johnny Manziel. His similarity to Johnny Football is such that he’s even picked up the nicknames “Marty Football” and “Money Martell.”

 Like these two, Martell is shorter than the average quarterback. The 5’11” QB knows all too well that people are often skeptical of his ability to play the position based on this, but he’s confident in his abilities nonetheless.

 “I think that it’s been proven that height doesn’t really matter,” he says.

 “Johnny Manziel - look what he did. Russell Wilson - he’s killing it in the NFL. Drew Brees is barely six feet. So, you know, i have no doubt in my mind that i can play quarterback,” he says confidently.

 He even knows that the top-rated high school senior QB in the country is Kyler Murphy who is 5’11” just like him. The fact that he received an offer from the Washington Huskies before he was even in high school is surely testament to his talent regardless of height.

 Although Martell is still enthusiastic about playing for the Huskies, he says that he is open to other offers. He acknowledges that a lot can happen between now and his senior year. Change has already happened at Washington where the man who extended the offer to Martell, Steve Sarkisian, has moved on to be the head coach at USC.

 For now though, Martell is focusing on the current season and trying to a win a state and potentially national title. After the season he says he might try his hand at another sport.

 “I love to play basketball,” he says. “I haven’t played on the team, but I might play this year,” he hints.

 Now there’s another sport where height matters. But given his talent and confidence, it might not matter for Martell.

Click here for Tate Martell’s Servite vs Bishop Gorman Highlights!

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Written By: Brian Bencomo 

Follow him on Twitter: @Brian_Bencomo

Posted: September 11, 2014, 10:36 pm

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