Scott Frost has a quarterback.

Adrian Martinez has a new home.

The four-star signal-caller from Fresno, California, announced Wednesday evening that he was flipping his commitment to Nebraska from Tennessee, capping a whirlwind recruitment to NU that began with a scholarship offer mere moments after Central Florida beat Memphis for the American Athletic Conference title on Dec. 2.

Thankful for this incredible journey. #FrostEra ❄️

— Adrian Martinez (@MartinezTheQB) December 13, 2017

In fact, Martinez and his father, Tony, were still watching postgame coverage of that game when Mario Verduzco called and offered a scholarship, marking his first move as a Nebraska assistant.

Not even two weeks later, Verduzco and Frost have a quarterback that all parties involved feel fits their offensive system perfectly.

"Everything just aligned perfectly at the right time," Martinez told the Journal Star. "I love Coach Frost and his staff and truly believe we can accomplish something special. The feeling is amazing, I am so excited to get started and dive into this thing." 

Martinez visited NU officially last weekend and then had new Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Tyson Helton at his home Monday in a last-ditch effort to keep him in the fold in Knoxville.

[Watch: Martinez discusses the decision Monday between Nebraska and Tennessee in video from The Fresno Bee]

On Tuesday, Frost and Verduzco wrapped up practice with UCF in Orlando in preparation for the Peach Bowl and then got on a jet and traveled to Fresno to see Martinez and his family. They left before 2:30 p.m. Eastern and did not get back until after 5:30 a.m., spending less than three hours on the ground and more than 11:30 in the air to make it happen. 

Tweeted Verduzco on Wednesday night, "Husker Nation, we got our guy. The future just happened!!!"

The opportunity to play in Frost’s offensive system and learn from Frost and Verduzco was too much to pass up. If the deal wasn't sealed before the pair of coaches visited, it was afterward. 

"It went great," Martinez said of the visit. "It was good to have Coach Frost around to meet the rest of my family. …  I feel like we’ve really been able to make a connection over the time we’ve had." 

Verduzco also impressed Adrian and Tony during the official visit.

“Upon review of the visit and Frost and Coach Verduzco coming out and visiting with my wife and our family, we were just so excited,” Tony Martinez told the Journal Star on Wednesday evening. “It just seems like a marriage made in heaven. I have the utmost respect for the gentlemen involved with the Nebraska program, the program itself and the leadership involved.

“When you have the president of the university meet you at breakfast and tell you that we’re going to get this deal done and get the program back on track, those are words that hit you pretty hard and they’re hard to deny.”

Adrian Martinez is set to sign Dec. 20 and enroll in classes in January, lining him up to take part in spring ball here.

The biggest question now becomes how much his arrival shifts the fortunes of the other quarterbacks already here. Tanner Lee has not yet publicly decided whether try his hand in the NFL or return for his senior season, though he and Patrick O’Brien each expressed excitement about learning Frost’s offense when Frost was hired.

Freshman Tristan Gebbia, who redshirted this fall, was Martinez’ visit host.

Both 247Sports and Rivals rank Martinez as one of the 10 best dual threats in the nation for his class. As a junior, he completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for 2,562 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 1,462 yards (8.0 per carry and 121.8 per game) and 14 more scores in 12 games.

Martinez finished his junior season of high school at Clovis West as one of the most-heralded quarterback recruits in the country, but had reconstructive surgery, performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache on his throwing shoulder over the winter and did not play his senior year.

He committed to Tennessee in May and had stayed on board through Butch Jones’ firing.

“He wanted to give Tennessee a shot because he loves Knoxville, he loves the people behind the scenes, the recruiting staff, the city, everyone involved,” Tony said. “And for him to make a decision like this, it was a struggle. But at the end of the day, I believe that he knew that Nebraska was better for him personally.”

In November, ElAttrache cleared Adrian to play in the Under Armor All-American Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 4. After that, the plan is for Martinez to travel right to Lincoln to begin his career as a student and quarterback here.

Martinez is the fourth verbal commitment since Frost took over and the 11th current commit in the 2018 class. It had fallen into the 80s in class rank per, but currently stands at No. 54. The Huskers will try to carry the current momentum into the weekend, where they are expected to host more than a dozen prospects on official visits ahead of a dead period that begins Monday. 

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