Posted: 9:51 am Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Marshyl Rothman, a two-time state champion quarterback, has spent most of the past year lamenting the fact that no major college football program had offered him a scholarship.
Now he’s got one.
Air Force offered Rothman a spot on its team, making him the first football player in Jupiter Christian’s history to receiver an FBS (formerly Division I-A) offer, according to coach Bill Powers..
“Whether I go there or not, it’s pretty rewarding,” Rothman said. “I’d never talked to them before they called. They said I’m No. 1 on their board for quarterbacks.”
Air Force does not offer scholarships the same way a school like Florida Atlantic or Tennessee would. Everyone who attends Air Force in Colorado Springs does so for free on the condition that they commit to a minimum of five years service following graduation. Entry is selective, but Air Force assists football prospects with admission.
Air Force plays in the Mountain West Conference with schools like Brigham Young, Texas Christian, Utah and Colorado State. In the past two seasons, the Falcons went 17-9 and appeared in two bowl games. They are 5-4 this year.
“I think it’s awesome,” Powers said. “He’d be crazy not to do it. I think it would be a great opportunity for him.”
Rothman also has been offered a place at Cornell. Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships, but they assist in admission for football prospects. He plans to make official visits to Air Force and Cornell.
“I haven’t made any decisions yet and I’m not learning one way or another,” Rothman said.
He previously favored Fordham, but the school seems to be losing interest in him. Rothman is still considering several small programs including Villanova, Wofford, Lehigh, Lafayette and New Hampshire.
Rothman has thrown for 1,308 yards and 16 touchdown passes this season. He also has 338 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.