USC football recruiting: Four-star QB names USC in Top 8 for 2022

Four-star quarterback Nicco Marchiol named USC football in his Top 8.

Recruiting never stops on the quarterback front for USC football.

On Monday night, four-star 2022 quarterback Nicco Marchiol announced his Top 8 schools with the Trojans in the fold.

USC will have a battle on their hands with Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, ASU, TCU, Michigan and Florida.

Why does USC football want Nicco Marchiol?

The Trojans have certainly had success with their most recent quarterback get out of Arizona, Kedon Slovis.

Like Slovis, Marchiol is a pro-style passer from the Copper State. Unlike Slovis, he’s a transplant. The lefty played in Colorado before transferring to Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ this spring. Playing for Regis Jesuit in Aurora, the 6-foot-2 quarterback led his team with 2,552 yards and 27 touchdowns while throwing eight interceptions.

The 247Sports composite ranks Marchiol No. 184 in the class of 2022. He is sixth among pro-style quarterbacks.

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Blair Angulo of 247Sports credited Marchiol with a “quick release with the ability to throw on the run.”

The Florida State Seminoles have the early lead for Marchiol in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, which is just another hurdle for the Trojans to clear.

USC is planning to bring in two committed quarterbacks in the class of 2021. Marchiol will have to embrace the challenge of competing with the likes of Miller Moss and Jake Garcia if he decides to head for Los Angeles.

That’s not to say the Trojans won’t try hard to get a quarterback in the class of 2022. They can count on having Kedon Slovis at least through the end of the 2021 season, but at that point, the freshman phenom will be eligible to leave for the NFL Draft. Since Matt Fink is even shorter on eligibility remaining, USC’s quarterback depth chart for 2022 at this point includes only Moss and Garcia.

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Marchiol wasn’t the only prospect looking to drop a favorites list on Monday night. The Trojans also landed in the Top 10 for 2021 offensive line prospect Ty Buchanan.

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