George Petrissans hadn’t watched a Central Florida game all season, but he flipped on the Knights’ matchup against Memphis for the American Athletic Conference title the afternoon of Dec. 2.
The Clovis West High School (Fresno, Calif.) coach watched with a coach’s eye and quickly realized his star pupil, 4-star dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez, would fit perfectly into a Scott Frost offense.
As fate would have it, mere hours after UCF’s thrilling 62-55 victory and the announcement of Frost as Nebraska’s next coach, Martinez suddenly held an offer from the Huskers. Ten days later, he committed to Nebraska. It was almost too good to be true.
“While I was watching the game, I texted Adrian to ask if he was watching it, and he said he was,” Petrissans recalled to Land of 10 earlier this week. “And I said the way that Coach Frost runs the offense, I thought it would just be perfect for the skill set he has. We just kept texting back and forth a little bit, and we weren’t watching it together, but it was just a moment that he agreed with me. He saw the opportunities that a quarterback has in his offense. The skill set that Adrian has, I think it just mixes really well with Coach Frost’s offense.”
Petrissans has known Martinez since the quarterback’s freshman year of high school. No one has seen Martinez carve up defenses through the air and with his legs more than Petrissans, which is why Martinez’s high school coach said he knows a Scott Frost offense will suit him well. Martinez is the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
The mental aspect of Martinez’s game also makes him a good fit for the high-paced, spread offense Nebraska is expected to run.
“I would say that Adrian is a very unique person,” Petrissans said. “He’s extremely gifted and athletic. And very, very intelligent. The combination of those two skills present huge problems for people on the other side of the football. In a very quick-paced offense, he makes quick decisions that I think are very valuable.”
Petrissans said he was impressed with the way Nebraska, specifically Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco, identified Martinez as their top target and proceeded from there aggressively. After Martinez’s official visit this weekend, he was sure to tell Petrissans how much he enjoyed it.
Over the years, Petrissans has admired the way Martinez has carried himself off the field, too.
“I’ve always thought Adrian was about 40 years old,” Petrissans said. “He is an extremely mature young man. It’s one of the best attributes that he has. He has the ability to speak with adults. You feel like you’re actually talking to someone that’s your age.”
Martinez has continued to express his desire to enroll early and is expected to sign his letter of intent on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Petrissans said Martinez is “set” academically and added Martinez wants to be at Nebraska in January to give himself the best chance to compete for a role on the team.
“He sees the benefit of going through spring ball and going through the workouts and meeting his teammates sooner,” Petrissans said. “Adrian’s a very competitive young man. He really wants to give a full effort in the opportunity to win a job. He’s not going in there to [say], ‘I just want to sit.’ That’s not Adrian’s mindset. His mindset is ‘I want to go win a job.’ ”
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