All-American to play at Dartmouth
By Georgino Hyppolite
Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010
Reality television stars do not normally walk the Dartmouth campus as students. High school All-American football players do not usually put on Big Green uniforms. Next year, however, Cole Marcoux ’14, at 6’5” and 234 pounds, will be part of Dartmouth’s 2010 football recruiting class, barring a full-scholarship offer. Marcoux is a U.S. Army All-American high school quarterback from Bronx, N.Y., and winner of Fox Sports Net’s reality show “The Ride.”
His journey to fame began this past summer at a football training camp in Chester, Pa. Marcoux was casted in the reality television show, “The Ride,” which follows eight high school senior quarterbacks for six months and culminates with one quarterback earning a roster spot — by a panel’s vote — in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a showcase of talented high school football players from across the nation.
Tom Martinez, mentor to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach at the camp, noticed Marcoux’s skills and later gave his recommendation for the athlete to join seven other quarterbacks on the show, The New York Times reported.
The show was designed to give unheralded quarterback recruits more exposure, and Marcoux has taken advantage of the chance. His relationship with Martinez gave him an opportunity to train alongside Brady and Patriot’s backup quarterback, Brian Hoyer.
In an all-star game that included quarterback recruits headed to renowned football programs such as Pennsylvania State University, Brigham Young University and the University of Texas, Marcoux was arguably the biggest surprise. He earned Player of the Game for the East squad as he finished five of eight for 99 yards and two touchdowns — one of which was a 50-yard completion.
Marcoux’s performance in the game impressed many, including Big Green head football coach, Buddy Teevens, who lauded Marcoux’s mental toughness and concentration.
“He hadn’t trained with a lot of guys at the speed level and experience of his [All-American] teammates,” Teevens said. “All of a sudden he’s thrust into a deal. He has to catch up. He doesn’t play for three quarters of a ball game, and they’re behind. He comes in and plays very solid football. He proved a lot of things to a lot of people.”
Marcoux’s performance sparked recruiting experts to speculate about the status of his commitment to Dartmouth. He was admitted in the early decision program.
In an article on ESPN.com, analyst Craig Haubert wrote, “With good size and a strong arm, [Marcoux] made some good throws and displayed good pocket presence and poise. His play could generate some interest in the pocket passer and Dartmouth might have to work to try and hold onto him.”
CBS College Sports Network analyst Tom Lemming also encouraged the University of Notre Dame to pursue Marcoux.
Although Teevens said Marcoux remains “very strongly committed” to the Big Green, the Valley News reported that the two have made an agreement — Marcoux is free to go to a non-Ivy League school if he is offered a full scholarship.
“He felt that this was the best fit for him athletically and academically,” Teevens said. “I’m happy for him that he was able to push and go as far as he did, but I also feel quite comfortable that of all the things that he’s seen, Dartmouth is the thing that he values because of the academic level, the support he saw through faculty and the engaged student body.”
Although Ivy League athletics often face unique recruiting challenges, Marcoux’s commitment proves Dartmouth is nonetheless capable of procuring high-quality recruits. At the very least, his recruitment will bring excitement to the football program, Teevens said.
Although Dartmouth fans will have high expectations for Marcoux from the outset, Teevens said that he will still compete for playing time.
“To have a guy that has the skill set come in and challenge for playing time is exciting,” he said. “It will make all of our players perform at a higher level. We’ll see what happens when he comes in. A lot of people know about him, and that’s certainly a plus from a recruiting standpoint.”