"I really didn't expect it to happen at this point, how young I am. It's just weird, weird, but really cool," the San Diego youth told the Seattle, Wash., Times.
Although there are no NCAA rules governing the age at which a player can be verbally offered an athletic scholarship, Steve Clarkson, a well-known quarterback instructor, said Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian made the offer to Martell after watching his game films.
Martell's commitment to the University of Washington remains non-binding. He cannot sign a formal letter of intent until February 2017, immediately before he is scheduled to graduate from high school.
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