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Logan Marchi, Temple off to a smooth start

Tuesday morning, Logan Marchi said, went “pretty smooth.”

Logan Marchi, Temple off to a smooth start

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Temple head coach Matt Rhule. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Temple head coach Matt Rhule. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Tuesday morning, Logan Marchi said, went “pretty smooth.”

The quarterback drove from his home in Winsted, Conn. to attend Temple’s football camp. He threw for the team’s staff and head coach Matt Rhule extended him a scholarship. Marchi committed just 10 minutes later.

“Feeling wanted is something that’s big in a player’s mind,” Marchi said by phone on Thursday. “It makes a player feel better, it makes you play better.”

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder had plans to attend a year of post-graduate prep school. Instead he will enroll at Temple in January.

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He graduated high school without a college destination because Connecticut rescinded his scholarship in February, a few days before he was set to sign.  The school said it was related to academics. Marchi said he and his family heard different reasons from “reliable sources.” The coaching staff Marchi committed to was replaced two months prior to his scholarship being pulled.

“They were recruiting other quarterbacks while I was committed,” he said. “They didn’t want six quarterbacks on scholarship. I wasn’t their prototype 6-4 quarterback.”

Last season, he completed 60-percent of his passes for 3,220 yards at St. Paul Catholic High. Marchi recorded 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He showed an ability to scramble in the pocket and make throws on the run. Marchi averaged 54-rushing yards per game and ran for six touchdowns.

“It’s all instinct, it’s not something I drop back planning to do. The pocket breaks down, it’s a nice trait to have,” he said. “It seems to work for Johnny Manziel, so I can’t see how it can’t work for me.”

Temple’s quarterback depth chart appears crowded. The Owls already list four quarterbacks for next season plus two others they signed. But Marchi said that does not bother him.

 “It’s just competition. It’s all about whether you want to compete or not,” said Marchi. “You’re not going to walk into any Division 1 program with a starting spot open for you. You have to earn it.”

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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