Santino Marucci, a 6’1”. 190 pound QB out of Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, FL, has signed his letter of intent to play with Wake Forest. He’s a consensus three star prospect, and chose Wake Forest over offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Kent State, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Temple, along with at least some interest from a host of other schools. Watching highlights, it’s pretty clear why he’s been getting so much attention.
Marucci can make plays with both his arm and his feet, and in that video, he shows ability to both bomb it deep and throw it on a rope catching receivers in stride. It’s tough to look at his raw stats as anything particularly telling as his school apparently has a propensity for running two quarterbacks, but last season, Marucci had a 10-0 TD/INT ratio and 63 percent completion rate halfway through the season. Honestly, Wake Forest is going to have something of a logjam at quarterback next season, with Marucci joining a corps that already includes Sam Hartman, Michael Kern, and Mitch Griffis, and especially considering the fact that this season isn’t taking from anyone’s eligibility. That said, looking at those highlights, I think Marucci will potentially be an absolutely fantastic fit for the style of offense Wake Forest runs. If those highlights are any indication whatsoever, I could see Santino being absolutely deadly on RPO plays, which is obviously Wake’s bread and butter. Naturally, Sam Hartman will be the starter next season barring anything unforeseen, and I kind of expect Marucci to redshirt since most players do here, but I’d be remiss if I said I don’t find myself excited at the prospect of a kid with Santino’s raw talents fitting into the offensive system that Wake has set in place.
Welcome to the family, Santino!