Victor Marc, 6-feet, 210 pounds
ESPN 150 Watch List athlete
Hallandale High School (Fla.)
ESPN 150 Watch List prospect Victor Marc (Hallandale, Fla.) is one of the better athletes in the 2009 class whom no one is talking about.
The multifaceted prospect's versatility is perhaps the underlying factor in his national recruiting obscurity. Last season at Dr. Krop High School, Marc was employed as a dual-threat quarterback in a zone-read system, and his stats were far from eye-popping. The talented athlete threw for just over 800 yards on about 10 pass attempts per game while adding close to 500 yards on the ground. Solid numbers, but not enough to attract major recruiting attention in the early going, at least not as a college quarterback prospect.
Regardless of stats and notoriety, the skills we observed on film from the dynamic signal-caller were impressive enough to garner an Under Armour All-America invitation as early as February. Marc's playmaking ability and striking initial speed on film are rare qualities. When you factor in his chiseled 210-pound frame, we saw the exciting makeup of a highly-productive Division I player -- regardless of position. Marc shows all the physical skills to succeed at tailback, and a supreme blend of size, speed and athleticism to potentially play linebacker, strong safety or even remain at quarterback with continued polish.
Although he says he is open to playing anywhere in college, deep down, quarterback is the position Marc favors.
"I feel I can take over the game at quarterback," Marc said. "I can throw on the run, in the pocket or tuck it and go.
"I think I can make throws and plays other quarterbacks can't."
South Carolina, North Carolina and South Florida all offered Marc scholarships in the early going. But to open more eyes, particularly at quarterback, Marc decided to take recruiting into his own hands. With the support of his family, he transferred to local Hallandale High School in December. Marc says the move will allow him to take charge of an offense more catered to his talents as a passer and overall football player.
"I decided to transfer because I thought Hallandale could give me better exposure on the offensive side of the ball at quarterback," Marc said. "It would also allow me to become a better leader and distribute the football more."
Even a spectacular fall might not produce many new offers for Marc; most scholarships are presented prior to a prospect's senior season. The skilled athlete understands the process and hopes a big season may open the eyes of the coaches who have already offered him scholarships.
"I am totally open to where schools want to play me but just want to give the colleges who have offered one year to show my stuff as a quarterback at Hallandale," Marc said.
Preparations for a breakout senior campaign behind center are already underway. Spring football is going well at Hallandale -- he is quickly learning the offense and integrating well with his new teammates on the field.
Off the field, Clemson is his most recent offer, as an athlete. Marc is still excited about the scholarship from the Tigers and the chance to show their coaching staff what he can do next fall.
Marc's Scouts Inc. Evaluation
Marc is very athletic and throws the ball just well enough to keep defenses honest. He is rugged and sturdy but also has smooth, fluid change-of-direction skills for a player his size.
He shows exceptional initial burst to and through the hole. He's extremely sudden and quick. Hits tiny creases in-line and almost instantly reaches the second level to make a defender miss or bounce to the perimeter. Shows great vision and hole awareness. He's shifty and can jump-cut through the line, but he is a decisive runner. Sometimes shows the presence of a downhill runner with leg drive and power. Plays with solid pad level and runs square, but shows great hip fluidity and balance to avoid and cut laterally both in-line and at the second level. His burst and short-area quickness is great and his long speed is good, but he isn't a burner at all times. Plays as fast as the defender chasing him.
He isn't a quarterback at the next level, but he exhibits awareness, confidence and leadership under center. His scheme versatility stands out. Could handle 30 carries per game between the tackles or serve multiple roles in a single-back, wide-open scheme. Has excellent ball skills and the makings of a very good receiving back.
The game comes naturally to Marc, who has big-play ability and can be very, very productive. He's a potential difference-maker on offense, but his true talents may see him moved to running back -- or even linebacker.
Billy Tucker is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. and has close to a decade of coaching experience at the college and high school level. Tucker has served as a recruiting coordinator for two nationally ranked Division II colleges. Most recently, he was the associate head coach and defensive coordinator for Merrimack College, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2006 NCAA Division II playoffs.