Miami football legacy QB shines at Deion Sanders 7on7 tournament

Three-star Miami football legacy quarterback Santino Marucci was one of the elite performers at the Prime 239 Elite seven on seven Tournament hosted by Florida State legend Deion Sanders in his hometown Fort Myers.

Three-star quarterback Santino Marucci is the son of running back Jason Marucci who was a backup running back with the Miami football program from 1990-92. The younger Marucci is currently committed to Wake Forest with offers from Power Five schools Ohio State, Kentucky, Nebraska and Miami’s ACC Rival North Carolina State.

Without a commit at quarterback for 2021, it seems likely that the Miami football program would at least have some interest in the 6’2 180-pound signal-caller. Marucci is the 521st ranked player, 21st ranked pro-style QB and 77th ranked player in Florida for 2021. Marucci transferred to Jacksonville Bartram Trail for 2020.

Marucci was one of several potential Miami football recruits who played well in Fort Myers this weekend. Andrew Ivins of Inside the U observed the play by Marucci and his teammates from the Florida Fire. Ivins referred to Marucci as an Alpha Dog and designated him as the top 2021 QB at the  Prime 239 Elite Tournament.

Marucci was reportedly equally impressive using his strong arm and accuracy. The Miami coaching staff has preached over the past few seasons about the importance of having a QB who takes care of the ball. Marucci did not have an interception in the six Florida Fire games in Fort Myers. Other Miami recruits impressed this weekend.

Athlete Malik Curtis impressed in his hometown. Ivins observed that Curtis improved throughout the tournament. The 5’11, 160 pound Curtis plays both ways and has exhibited track speed. Miami is recruiting Curtis as a cornerback and return man. The Hurricanes signed only two CBs in 2020 and need to add more depth.

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There was an extensive list of players who impressed in Fort Myers. The remainder of the players are either committed to other schools, not currently listed as a player the Hurricanes are recruiting or are underclassmen. The 2021 Miami recruiting class is currently ranked fifth in the country.

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