At first, Adrian Martinez watched the congratulations and well wishes pour in through his iPhone in the minutes after he committed to Nebraska on Wednesday.
But before long, it was almost too much
“My phone blew up,” he told Land of 10.
So the 4-star signal caller and the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, per the 247Sports composite, decided to get a workout in and complete some throwing drills before picking up his phone again.
Although Martinez announced the commitment Wednesday, the former Tennessee commit said he actually told coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco the previous night, when the duo were at the Martinez home for a visit.
“It was a pretty cool moment,” Martinez said, describing when he informed his future coaches of his decision. “They jumped up and were really excited and couldn’t stop smiling. It was a great moment and I think can continue to more great things.”
Martinez said he realized he wanted to commit to Nebraska around midday Tuesday, but the feelings of playing for the Huskers began during his official visit last weekend.
“When I first walked through that tunnel and got to see that stadium and kind of envision myself playing there, when I really got to know Coach Frost, when I got to be around the players, there were so many key moments that I think led up to my decision,” Martinez said. “But it really hit me, I’d say, Tuesday.”
The straw that broke the camel’s back was the in-home visit Frost and Verduzco made after a cross-country flight from Orlando to see him.
“It was really big. It showed action to their words,” Martinez said. “They told me I was their top priority and they really showed it throughout the process. And I think that’s a big deal for me.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Martinez said. “I’m so pumped up just to get there and get started and really dive in and earn my spot … I’m really excited to get this opportunity to play at such a great, prestigious school — it’s a dream, growing up. Just the opportunity to play for Coach Frost and such a great fan base, I don’t think it gets better than that. I don’t think it could line up more perfectly.”
He also has a message to Nebraska fans.
“I want them to know we’re going to get this thing turned around. I’m going to put everything I have in this program and they’re going to get 100 percent of me. I’m going to be fully invested. We’re going to get this thing turned around. I can’t give you an exact timetable, but I know everyone’s going to be dedicated to this thing.”
Now, Martinez anticipates he will become sort of a peer recruiter for the class, which now has 11 commitments and no longer ranks last in the Big Ten. (He is now the class’s highest-ranked player, according to 247Sports.) He said he’s already had some Nebraska targets already reach out to him.
“We’re going to work on getting more great players,” he said. “We’re going to do this thing. It’s going to be something to be really excited about, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen.”
Martinez will sign his letter of intent on Wednesday, Dec. 20. He will graduate high school this month and enroll at Nebraska in January, completing a short but rapid journey in which he committed just 11 days after he was offered.
Martinez is the fourth player to commit under the new coaching staff, joining wide receiver Jaron Woodyard, safety C.J. Smith and tight end Justin McGriff in that category.
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