LBS- Tate Martell decommitted from Texas A&M this week, setting off a mini firestorm for the program and its coaching staff. Less than two days later, we’re seeing some more fallout.
Nick Starkel, a 2016 Aggies QB recruit, posted a screenshot on Twitter of a direct message conversation showing Martell talking trash about him.
It’s unknown who Martell had the direct message (and therefore private) exchange with, but it was someone who was urging the 2017 QB to decommit from Texas A&M. Martell said he was sticking with his commitment because he believed he could start there as a true freshman, calling Starkel not very good in colorful terms.
One of two things is true here. Either Nick Starkel has a really great friend, or Tate Martell has a really shitty one. Those are the only two ways in which these DM's would go public. I don't know who took this screenshot, but he's either such a good dude that he was messaging his buddy's competition in hopes of eliminating him, or he's such a dickhead that he ran to his buddy's competition with this picture when he didn't like his advice.
Either way, I don't blame Tate Martell for this at all. I suppose he could adjust his filter for who is and isn't trustworthy to talk second hand shit to, but his decision to do so isn't unchartered territory for a single person reading this. If every negative thing that someone said about someone else in their life was released to that person then all anyone would have left is spiteful family members, because "friends" would be a thing of the past. Tate Martell calling the guy that was attempting to take a job he saw as rightfully his "ass my dude" is just about the nicest possible thing he could say about him. Given the circumstances, I hardly think the presence of another quarterback scared Tate Martell away. I would probably think differently if my name were Nick Starkel, but the truth of the matter is that all his former fellow commit did was talk someone down in the process of building himself up. You can chastise a teenager for being disrespectful behind a future teammate's back if you want, but I would caution you to take a very thorough look through all of your text messages and emails before you do.