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Too young to shave; 14-year-old QB commits to UW

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The University of Washington has received a verbal commitment from 14-year-old QB Tate Martell. (ESPN)
Most 14-year-olds don't know what they're going to do this afternoon. But Tate Martell already has plans for college. The San Diego middle school quarterback has made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Washington.

Martell's quarterback coach, Steve Clarkson, sent word of the commitment Wednesday to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

"Obviously a lot can happen between now and 2017. Instead of being married, they're kind of going together, I guess may be the best way to put it," Condotta said in an interview on "The Kevin Calabro Show".

"Man, I've been eyeing this kid since he was 8," joked co-host Jim Moore.

While you can see in video the kid has some serious skills for a seventh grader, Moore is dubious and says it's little more than a PR ploy. Condotta says that's not a bad thing, especially for the UW.

"Washington has been doing some kind of aggressive, cutting-edge things with recruiting as of late," Condotta says.

Condotta says Martell's family made the decision after meeting with UW head coach Steve Sarkisian this week in Los Angeles. There's a direct connection between the two. Clarkson coached Sarkisian as a teen QB prodigy.

"I really didn't expect it to happen at this point, at how young I am," he said. "It's just weird, weird but really cool. I'm looking forward to it. It's a great opportunity," Martell told Condotta.

While the UW is offering a coveted scholarship to Martell, Condotta says there's little risk.

"It's not binding, there's really nothing on the line, there's really nothing for anybody to lose except for looking bad in the court of public opinion," he says.

"Thanks to everyone who has helped me throughout my young career. I appreciate all the support from everyone," Martell wrote on his Facebook page.

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Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.

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