Posted: 3:33 pm Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
By Matt Porter
Marshyl Rothman didn’t see himself spending his college years in Murray, Ky. As last season wore on, he didn’t see himself fitting into Murray State’s football program, either.
“I didn’t step on the field after Week 6,” said Rothman, a former Jupiter Christian quarterback . “I saw that I wasn’t a part of the long-term equation.”
Rothman, who signed with Murray State after his senior season, didn’t see much action for the Racers. His only passing attempt was a 10-yard touchdown pass, which came on trick play while he was playing receiver.
“That’s got to be the highest passer rating in the OVC [Ohio Valley Conference],” he joked.
Rothman will take his 514 (!) career passer rating to Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., joining fellow Jupiter Christian alums Josh Talbott (more on Talbott here) and Mike Lombardo, who also committed.
“It’s a hodge-podge of things, from location, to potential job after college, to I have some family in New York. Also the football situation, too,” Rothman said. “I want a blank slate.”
He’ll get a chance at Wagner, but must redshirt the 2011 season because he’s transferring from an FCS school to an FCS school. He said he’s ready to “absolutely kill it” from now until he can see the field.
“As of now they have me pegged at one of the QB spots,” Rothman said. “I’ve got a good opportunity to show what I can do in the spring game.”
One of the top quarterbacks in the area during his three years as a starter for the Eagles, Rothman helped Jupiter Christian to two state titles and a 32-game winning streak. However, his height — he’s listed at 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds — held him back from receiving any Division 1 offers.His teammate on Jupiter Christian’s 2007 state championship team, Mike Lombardo, is looking to make an impact at Wagner after starring in junior college.
Lombardo, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker, played for two seasons at College of the Sequoias (Calif.) before receiving an offer from Arkansas State, which competes in the Sun Belt Conference (FBS). He participated in spring camp and summer two-a-days, but wasn’t going be in the starting lineup last season, so he decided to leave.
“I have two years [of eligibility] left coming out of junior college. I’m trying to make it to the next level after college, so I needed a better opportunity.”
At Wagner, he’ll get a chance to play right away.
“Plus it’s in New York City,” he said. “They’re a Division 1-AA school, but it’s a competitive league (Northeast Conference). They just became a full-scholarship school, so when they offered me a scholarship there, there wasn’t much to think about.”
As a sophomore in 2009, Lombardo was named the Northern California Football Association’s defensive MVP after recording 59 tackles (38 solo, 21 assist), 12.5 tackles for loss, a team-high seven sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
He was a first team all-state, first-team Palm Beach Post All-Area and first team all-conference selection in his senior season, playing linebacker and tight end for Jupiter Christian.
Noteworthy: Former Jupiter Christian standout Will Powers, who spent a post-graduate year at Salisbury (Conn.) Prep, may be Princeton-bound. He took an official visit to the school two weekends ago, and has upcoming official visits to Yale, Penn and Cornell. He may visit one of Columbia, Lehigh or Lafayette with his remaining official trip, according to his father, Jupiter Christian coach Bill Powers … Former Eagles linebacker Matt Tyson, who was removed from the team during because for a violation of school policy, received an offer from Alabama State and will visit Jan. 14. …. Interesting note on Rothman: He’s also an accomplished ice hockey player, helping the Palm Beach Predators travel ice hockey team to a U-18 state championship in 2008. “I loved it. I actually thought I’d go to college for that,” he said. “I’d love to play club [hockey] at Wagner but I know they wouldn’t let me.”