Back to back state championships? Check. Undefeated season? Check. One of the state's best players? Check. A player who just produces on the field? Check. This is Marshyl Rothman, a 5'10 175 pound quarterback from Jupiter Christian. Few players have produced as consistently as Rothman the past two seasons and he still has one more year to go. Athletic, fast, quick, and he has the ability to make all the throws. What's the problem? Some colleges think he is short. Like they thought Todd Reesing and Doug Flutie were too short. Even 5'11-6'0 quarterback's like Chris Leak, Chase Daniel, and Troy Smith have had to fight the 'short' tag. Here is what Marshyl had to say about it.
"I feel like I have as much talent as bigger name recruits, more on the field accomplishment, I will compete, I can guarantee I have more heart and will work harder than anyone else," explained Rothman.
One thing is for certain, no one can take away from his on the field production. As a junior he threw for 1,587 yards with 25 touchdowns and ran for 800 yards with nine touchdowns. As a sophomore he threw for 1,659 yards with 24 touchdowns and ran for 300 yards. He is 27-1 as a starter and that lone lost bothers him to this day. The loss was vs. King's Academy in his first varsity start, "That loss really kills me, I think about it all the time, I would love to get another shot at them," said Rothman.
Jupiter Christian is a lower 'classification' school in the state of Florida, but they played 'up' against three 4A schools(Okeechobee, Ft. Pierce Central, and Jensen Beach) and handled them all by a combined score of 136-71. Okeechobee had RB Lonnie Pryor(FSU commit) and Rothman was excited to talk about him, "He was a freak, we knew how good he was and he delivered breaking two long runs, but we did a nice job the rest of the way. We have Will Powers however, in my opinion the best football player in the state. We won 40-18." Rothman talked about the Jupiter Christian football program, "We want to play the Pahokee's and the Glades Central's and the Dwyer's, we thrive on competition. We can play, we are extremely well coached, we work harder than anyone."
This is not just on the field heroics either, Marshyl is an ace in the classroom as well sporting a 3.9 Honors GPA and 1160 SAT score(taken as a sophomore).
So who is Marshyl hearing from on the recruiting trail? "Kansas State, Colorado, Purdue, UCF, Buffalo, and Bowling Green are in contact. Wofford is on me real hard, I appreciate them identifying me early, and one thing I really want to do is win a National Championship, I think they can do that," explained Rothman.
So who would he like to hear from? Marshyl has done his homework and was quick to answer, "Kansas, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and and Duke. I feel that is a good fit for my playing ability and I relish the opportunity to get that type of upper tier education."
He is such a good athlete with 3.97 consistent shuttle time, 4.6 speed, and wiggle in the open field that we discussed what happens if a 'bigger' school wants him as an athlete, not a quarterback. "That would be a tough decision. My heart is at quarterback, I feel I can play there, what really is most important is winning a National Championship at any level. If I felt that team could win a National Championship, I would strongly consider it. I have won State Championships as a quarterback adding a National Championship is my focus."
Rothman wants an opportunity to show what he can do. He said, "I am waiting for a team to take a chance on me, stick their neck out, I am a winner and will play with a chip on my shoulder for the schools who passed on me." After watching the film and seeing the numbers, it is hard to argue with him.