Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St Thomas Aquinas all-purpose running back David Marrero was looking for a school where he could fit in athletically and academically. He went on a search this summer for a school that best fit his needs. Recently, FlaRecruiting.com caught of with 5-foot-10 and 190 pound speedster and reported about his unofficial visits to several schools in the Midwest plus Stanford. Well, there’s finally a winner in the Marrero sweepstakes. The winner is?
“I committed to Coach Willingham at Notre Dame on the Fourth of July,” Marrero said. “It came down to Notre Dame and Stanford. I felt more comfortable at Notre Dame. I feel like Notre Dame is the best fit for me because of early playing time and the comfort level with the coaches.”
Marrero, who is an excellent student in the classroom, wanted to get the recruiting distractions out of his way so he can concentrate on his senior year.
“I committed early so I could get it out of the way,” Marrero said. “I don’t want any distractions so I concentrate on winning a state championship.”
The Irish might have found an extra hand in the recruiting department.
“I want to entice some players that are considering Notre Dame,” Marrero said. “I want them to see that Notre Dame is going to get good players.”
Marrero stock has probably risen as high as any athlete in the state. He has been offered by some big-programs such as Stanford, Notre Dame, Florida State, Florida and Northwestern. One reason might be because of his blazing speed. His fastest time in the 100-meter has been reported in the 10.5 range.
Marrero rushed for 571 yards on only 71 carries and 14 touchdowns as a junior.