Morgantown, West Virginia – Freshman sensation quarterback Nicco Marchiol is one of the most highly-anticipated recruits ever at West Virginia University.
A four star prospect out of high school, Marchiol, a 6’2 quarterback from Chandler, Arizona, led his Hamilton High School Huskies (11-1) to the state semifinals and finished his remarkable high school senior year with 2,666 yards, a school record 37 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.
As a four year starter during his high school career, Marchiol was 637/942 (68% completion percentage) for 8,261 yards, 90 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,295 yards and 24 touchdowns during his high school career.
Now, Marchiol is expected to compete for the starting quarterback position as a freshman with returning players Garrett Greene and Will “Goose” Crowder.
Neal Brown doesn’t particularly like to play young players, especially at the quarterback position, but Marchiol may just be too special to keep off the field.
“He’s got some ‘it’ factor,” Neal Brown said of Marchiol. “He’s going to be a guy that’s a fan favorite from day 1. He’s got the charisma. He’s got strong leadership capabilities. He’s a student of the game. He loves football. He’s been groomed from an early age by his father Ken to be a Division One and and hopefully an NFL quarterback.”
Brown continued: “He’s the first to congratulate his teammates when they score. He meets the defense when they come off the field and he’s got those other intangibles that makes you say these are the things that really takes someone that’s really talented and makes them special.”
Although Marchiol could have chosen to go just about anywhere, he ultimately decided on playing for the Mountaineers. Marchiol said the following today about his decision to come to Morgantown: “The family feel that you feel when you get on campus is like no other place that I’ve ever been. Now being here and being a part of the culture is better than I could have ever imagined. It’s a place that I can really grow myself as a player and as a person.
The fans here at West Virginia are the best fans in college football hands down. You know you are going to get more than just an education, you are going to get a real Saturday game day feel and really experience what college football is. I’m ready to work. Trust the Climb.”
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— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) January 19, 2022