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Northwestern football 2017 National Signing Day profiles: Quarterback Andrew Marty

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Marty is the only quarterback in the Class of 2017.

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Quick Hits

POSITION: Quarterback

HEIGHT: 6-foot-5

WEIGHT: 215

HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH

HIGH SCHOOL: Wyoming High School

247 COMPOSITE SCORE: .8216

NATIONAL RANKING: 1529

POSITION RANK: 55

STATE RANK: 64

OTHER OFFERS: Miami (OH), Western Michigan

MORE: 247 profile | Hudl | Twitter

Background

Andrew Marty is Northwestern’s only quarterback in the Class of 2017. He originally committed to Miami (OH) but flipped to Northwestern. Marty put up gaudy numbers in his final high school season (3,203 yards, 64 percent completion percentage, 50 touchdowns) and was named to the all-state team. He did play in the small Cincinnati Hills League, but you can see Marty has quite a bit of talent. Northwestern was expecting him to develop in his final year after stealing him from Miami (OH), and Marty delivered.

As a passer, Marty was very accurate in high school and he has the physical tools to make plays. He throws very cleanly. For his size, he’s surprisingly quick. Marty is not quite as fast as Clayton Thorson was coming out of high school (Marty has a 4.81 forty listed, compared to Thorson’s 4.51), but he was able to break off some big runs in high school when necessary.

In his tape, Marty makes good decisions when breaking the pocket or deciding to air it out downfield. He has a good arm, is relatively mobile and can hopefully stay healthy in college.

Outlook

Thorson remains the starter and his backup Matt Alviti will be around for another year. Lloyd Yates (RS sophomore) and Aidan Smith (RS freshmna) are the other quarterbacks who were recruited. Fitzgerald typically gets one quarterback per class, and Marty fills this role. Northwestern has already addressed that for the Class of 2018 by getting a commit from high three-star Jason Whittaker, so it remains to be seen what role Marty, Smith and Yates will have. Marty will take a redshirt year this year and won’t have a chance to play in 2018, either, but when Thorson leaves in 2019, there will be competition for the starting spot. That’s a long way off, though.