Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers football program has only ever had two five star recruits that have committed to play for the team, Noel Devine and Jason Gwaltney.
Noel Devine went on to rush for 4,315 yards and 29 touchdowns en route to a West Virginia Hall of Fame career. Jason Gwaltney was less fortunate, rushing 45 times for 186 yards and 3 touchdowns before transferring after one season with the Mountaineers.
Tomorrow, West Virginia will sign their most important recruit in over a decade, if not ever. Although he is not the most highly-ranked prospect out of high school, Nicco Marchiol is no doubt the most important in terms of need for the West Virginia football program.
More than anything else, the Mountaineers need a true leader, a winner, a quarterback that is a difference maker, and Marchiol is arriving at just the right time. Marchiol, a four star quarterback with a composite 0.9026 score, is currently the 28th rated player in West Virginia history, but his ability to single-handedly put his team on his back and win games will make him West Virginia’s most important recruit of all time.
Back in September, Marchiol’s Hamilton High School was down 24-7 with only 1 minute and 10 seconds remaining in the game, and somehow, he willed his team to one of the most miraculous, shocking comeback wins in high school football history.
Marchiol, who led his Hamilton High School Huskies (11-1) to the state semifinals, 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.
But Marchiol is much more than just mere stats. He’s a leader, an incredible recruiter for the football program, a talented passer, but more importantly than anything else, he’s a winner.
- Marchiol is expected to sign to play for the West Virginia and will officially become a Mountaineer tomorrow! He will then enroll early at WVU and start classes in Morgantown next month.