By Josh Ward
Adrian Martinez sees a bright future at Tennessee.
The quarterback from Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., announced his commitment to the Vols on Friday.
Martinez, who’s rated as a four-star prospect and one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2018 class, has drawn comparisons to former Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs.
Dobbs graduated from Tennessee last week after being selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers in April.
“I’m very humbled by the comparisons,” Martinez said. “If I’m being honest, I want to be better.
“I want to win an SEC championship; I want to win a national championship; I want to do all the things that (Dobbs) may not have been able to accomplish at Tennessee. That’s my goal right now.”
Martinez said he thinks his goal of winning championships at Tennessee is realistic thanks to the Vols’ coaching staff and their work on the recruiting trail.
“I feel like we have all the right people at the University of Tennessee,” Martinez said. “I feel like the fan support is going to be unlike anywhere else in the country, and we have all the things in place to accomplish our goals. There shouldn’t be a reason why we can’t accomplish it, and I feel like with Coach Jones and his message and the work ethic I’ve seen with the coaching staff in place there and the players wanting it, we can accomplish it.”
Martinez mentioned his relationship with Tennessee’s coaching staff, especially quarterbacks coach Mike Canales, multiple times when we spoke on Sunday night.
Martinez’s comfort level with Tennessee’s coaches played a major role in his decision to commit to the Vols.
“It’s been unlike anything I’ve really had the chance to form with any other coaching staff,” Martinez said. “That’s what really sets them apart is how much they came across and they really wanted to get to know me and establish that relationship. … I would say my relationship’s really solid with those coaches and they’ve really shown to me that they’re truly good people.”
Listen to the full interview with Martinez below as he talks more about his decision to commit to the Vols, his goals at Tennessee and the competition he will face in trying to win the starting quarterback position in the future.