Marshyl Rothman recently went on a trip through the Northeast, "We went to Stoneybrook, Marist, Albany, Fordham, Rhode Island, and Northeastern. It was a great trip and it opened my eyes to what that part of the country is all about. These are great schools academically and I see great opportunities down the road with internships and future jobs. Previously I visited James Madison and Georgia Southern and I am still very interested in those two as well."
His general thoughts on the trip, "I was impressed with all of them. They may not have all the bells and whistles of the D-1 programs, but the coaches are just as good and they want to win as badly as anyone....I really liked that. I play to win, I want to win National Titles where ever I end up, outside of academics and my general comfort level, that is what is most important to me."
Despite simply producing in every game (or event), Rothman does not hold a D-1 offer, "I am disappointed that no one is giving me a chance. I realize I lack ideal height, but guys have proven to be able to play at a high level who lack height, guys like Doug Flutie and Todd Reesing. It is the same thing over and over....'we like you a lot, but are looking for more size.' Well, guys don't get a chance, look through the database, it simply does not happen."
Will this be used as motivation? "Absolutely, I have a big time chip on my shoulder right now. All I can do is control what I can, that is winning ball games, and that is what we as a team plan on doing next year. People will say we can't play with Glades Central, well let's wait til we play that game, they are as talented as any team in the state, it will be a huge challenge."
Recruiting wise Rothman is ready to be done, "I would love to be able to commit before the season, I have a good idea of several schools that interest me. I want to know where I am going so I can fully concentrate on my senior year."
Shorter QB's get the tag off having balls batted down at the line of scrimmage, "In my case, that is not true. I don't remember one ball being batted down last year, I think there was one when I was a sophomore. I know how to get the ball where it needs to be, I throw great on the run, I can move. I don't agree with that assessment at all, at least not in my case."
Already having won two State Titles, Rothman has earned the respect of his coaches, "Next year they are allowing me to carry more of the load offensively. They want me to be a 2,000 yard passer and a 1,000 yard rusher. It is an honor to know that the coaches feel they can put that much faith in me. We have a couple of great RB's and I love throwing to Danny (Meyer) and Westin (Pedersen). We want to go undefeated and if we do that, the numbers will take care of themselves."