2022 prospect evaluations: QB Nicco Marchiol, ATH Jaylin Lucas

In today’s Osceola prospect evaluations Osceola Recruiting and Football Analyst Charles Fishbein, Mark Salva and Patrick Burnham offer their thoughts on two class of 2022 recruits, quarterback Nicco Marchiol and running back/receiver Jaylin Lucas, both of whom received scholarship offers from Florida State.

Marchiol announced just last week that he narrowed his future college home down to four programs: FSU, Florida, Arizona State and Rutgers. Marchiol and his family took unofficial visits to Florida State and Florida this week. Of course, because of the NCAA’s extended dead period Marchiol was not able to have contact with Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell or anyone else on staff face-to-face.

Lucas received his offer from Florida State just last week.

Here are our evaluations of both prospects based of their HUDL tape.

QB Nicco Marchiol (6-2, 216), Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton HS

Mark Salva’s Evaluation

What you see/like: The thing that really stuck out to me is Nicco’s accuracy. This guy hits what he’s throwing at.  Better than that, he throws guys open, puts it in front of RBs on swing routes and WR bubbles (really hard throws to place and time), and doesn’t lose any accuracy throwing on the run. He really puts it on them and has excellent placement. I don’t get the impression he has that elite arm but he has impeccable timing and accuracy that more than makes up for it. His command of the offense comes across on tape. I like his build, looks durable and mature. If he is 6’2″ then I can see 230 pounds. May have to keep an eye on his weight.

What you don’t see/like/know: He really holds the ball low. I’m not a QB mechanics guru but it seems to make him wind up a little, for what that observation is worth. He is an effective runner, and at the next level he can run enough to be accounted for but I don’t think he’ll be a huge threat that’ll put fear in defenses. He’s not “fast twitchy” like Jordan Travis but looks like he has a good feel for space and I can see him being elusive in the pocket and making timely runs and extending plays.  

Charles Fishbein

What you see/like: New breed of quarterback. Nicco can beat you with his arm or legs. He is a good enough athlete that plays can be designed for him to run. He is very effective at picking up yards with his legs. You have to respect him as a defensive coordinator that his mobility is not a liability. He has a solid arm and can make throws down the field. His deep throws down the middle of the field have some zip. He can throw on the run. We like that he leads his receivers. They can catch the ball and run up the field.

What you don’t see/like/know: On his deep throws to the sideline I would like to see him be able to get the ball out quicker. He may get some passes picked off if there is not more zip added to his throws. He has a tendency to aim his throws instead of letting it rip. Does not look on his highlights that Nicco is making difficult reads. He seems to throw to his first option most of the time. He will need to adjust that way of playing in college. While he has a good arm it is not great. How well can he throw when pressured? Most of his film is him throwing in clean pockets. Can he adjust to the speed of the game in college?

Patrick Burnham

What you see/like: Extremely accurate both in and out of the pocket. Does a great job of keeping his eyes down field when forced out of the pocket and looks to throw the ball first and run second. Make quick decisions and throws a very catchable ball. He does a great job of hitting his receivers in stride and allowing them to run for yardage after the catch. Looks like he understands where he is supposed to go with the ball based on the coverage he gets. Not elite arm talent but he does have a good arm. Throws a lot of fastballs but there are several deep throws (go routes) where he places the ball with nice touch where only his receiver can catch the pass. Well built, looks durable enough to hold up in the quarterback run game. At first glance he reminds me a little of a bigger version of UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel with less zip on his throws.

What you don’t see/like/know: Does he have the arm strength to fit his throws into the much tighter windows he will see at the major college level? He does have a bit of a windup when he throws. Can you speed up his release? How effective can he be in the quarterback run game? This isn’t a huge question for me because Norvell’s offenses haven’t been quarterback run-centric outside of Travis this past season.

Please click on the link below to view Marchiol’s HUDL highlights.


ATH Jaylin Lucas (5-8, 175), Houma (La.) Terrebonne High School

Mark Salva

What you like/see: What really sticks out  to me is Jaylin is a smooth runner. He has really quick feet, sees space and can really accelerate through it. Speed sticks out on his tape as he outruns angles and leverage.  Jaylin makes nice cuts running inside and I don’t think I saw a solid hit on him. Not a lot of clips playing wide receiver but the ones that were there highlighted his speed. I will say this: Jaylin scores a lot of touchdowns.

What you don’t like/see/know: That’s the question. I would have to confirm 5-9, 170. Lack of height doesn’t scare me, but Jaylin is a little slight. The natural comparison would be Tarik Cohen or Darren Sproles and both of them are short but stout. I don’t know if I see enough to say he’ll make a good slot receiver, and as a RB he would be a liability in pass protection. I also would like to know if he runs track and what his times are. Bottom line: If he is a “smallish” running back he lacks the size to be physical so he better have elite speed. If he is a slot WR we don’t know enough about his ability to get open and make tough catches. I assume that because they offered FSU knows a lot of these answers and about Jaylin’s character, love of football and willingness to do the things it takes to succeed at the elite level of college football. He would be one I would have to wait on senior tape and confirm some of this other stuff.

Charles Fishbein

What you like/see: Great feet. He can cut in the hole and make the first defender miss every time. He has very good speed. He is able to get to the edge before the defense is able to. His short area burst allows him to get by the first wave of defenders. Once in the open field there are not many people who can catch him. Lucas is very difficult to tackle even in a phone booth. As a receiver does a good job of getting a clean break off the line of scrimmage.

What you don’t like/see/know: Lacks great size. Can he hold up at the next level? Plays running back and will most likely move to slot in college. Can he be an every down player in college? When Lucas plays receiver he allows the ball to come down to him. He does not try and high point the football. This will allow defenders to make plays on the ball in college. He also allows the ball to get into his body. Needs to work on his route running.

Patrick Burnham

What you like/see: Looks to have elite speed, runs away from defenders even when they take good angles. Very quick feet and at running back gets to full speed in a hurry. Changes direction very well and has good vision, he snakes his way through traffic and finds green grass. He is like a water bug in traffic, hard to get a clear shot on, hard to tackle. At wide receiver he competes for the ball and wins against bigger defenders. Projects as a slot receiver who would be versatile enough to motion in and out of the backfield. Dynamic with the ball in his hands.

What you don’t like/see/know: Size. Can he hold up to the physicality of major college football? Listed at 170 pounds. Can he get to 185-190 to help his durability without losing speed? Can he and will he catch the ball over the middle and in traffic at the intermediate level with linebackers in zone coverage? Can he get off press-man coverage in college? Most of what you see on his tape is against zone coverage.

Please click on the link below to view Lucas’ HUDL highlights.


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