On Wednesday morning, Neal Brown and WVU’s football program added some firepower. Along with many other talented recruits, the Mountaineers got four-star quarterback Nicco Marchiol and three-star linebacker Raleigh Collins to put pen on paper and sign their letters of intent.
Marchiol and Collins both signed their letters at a live National Signing Day event. Marchiol signed first and had a word to say about what National Signing Day meant to him.
“This has just been the day that I’ve been looking forward to since I was in fifth grade,” Marchiol said.
Marchiol, who was recently named Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona, has had WVU fans excited from the jump. Marchiol was asked what he loved about Morgantown, and he had plenty to say.
“I think that the feel of a family, and you know what they say, ‘don’t commit to coaches, commit to schools,’ and I think that I’ve done a really good job finding a place that has a need for me, and a place that I can really start a culture, and really build a winning culture around the team,” Marchiol said. “It’s a really good opportunity for me and the ‘22 class that’s coming in with me.”
Next up was Collins, who was asked what the most important factor in picking West Virginia was.
“Definitely somewhere that felt like home. Right when I stepped on campus, I felt like that was where I was supposed to be,” Collins said. “I definitely bonded with the coaches and the players and the whole staff.”
With future WVU quarterback Nicco Marchiol in attendance, Collins was asked how they have bonded over the past months.
“When we first met back in the summer, we kind of clicked immediately,” Collins said. “We talked through social media, and kind of just kept the guys going. He’s a great guy, love him, and I can’t wait to see what he does.”
Photo by Brian Persinger, WVU