East Central Community College

Marino Ready To Lead The Way

2017 East Central QB Dominic Marino (6-2, 190) is off to a good start so far this season and he recently hauled in his first offer...


Marino recently added his first offer when New Mexico threw their hat in the ring.


"I was really excited to get the offer," Marino told JCFootball.com recently. "Their recruiting coordinator and head coach are friends with my head coach, so they had talked about me and they said they liked my film and how I play so they wanted to get in an offer me."

So far this season, Marino has completed close to 60% of his passes for 490 yards with seven touchdowns and just one interception while also rushing for 138 yards and another score in the first three games of the season.

"I'd definitely say I am a dual-threat guy," Marino said. "In our offense, we like to use my (4.65) speed on zone-read stuff and there are some quarterback runs that we run as well, but mostly, my yardage comes from keeping plays alive with my legs and me hurting defenses when they don't account for me.

"I'd prefer to sit back and throw the ball from the pocket and I can do that pretty well, but I have that extra dimension where I can make plays with my legs if everything else breaks down.

"This year though, we have a really good offensive line, so I don't think I'll need to run as much as I have in other seasons, but it's always an option for me if and when things do break down."

As a prep, Marino was a sought-after recruit who had a few FBS programs interested in what he could do, but he tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder during his senior season and all of that interest went by the wayside.

He signed with Coahoma and played there as a freshman last season, but when they changed coaching staffs, Marino decided to make the move to East Central.

"I just wanted to get over here and play and being there, I didn't really fit what the new staff was looking for in their quarterback, so I decided to move and East Central was the perfect fit for me," Marino noted.

The talented quarterback is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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