Boys Varsity Football · North Royalton’s Joey Marousek Commits to Akron

North Royalton’s Joe Marousek rolls out of the pocket against Hudson in the first half of play Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 in North Royalton. (Joshua Gunter,

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The anticipation of his next quarterback room made Joey Marousek’s eyes light up.

One of the area’s most prolific passers in high school football, Marousek announced Tuesday that committed to the University of Akron for next year. A senior this fall at North Royalton, Marousek threw for 2,422 yards and 29 touchdowns with nine interceptions as a junior.

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Marousek also can run. He had 575 yards and nine more TDs with his feet, which led to a slew of mid-major offers. However, Akron didn’t show interest until Tom Arth took over the Zips for Terry Bowden in December.

The former John Carroll coach played at St. Ignatius and JCU before an NFL career that including backing up Peyton Manning on the Indianapolis Colts.

“He’s really trying to set the standard and it’s something that excited me,” Marousek said Tuesday evening. “He worked his way up. He’s a top-notch guy. Being able to play under a guy like that is an opportunity you don’t get everywhere.”

Marousek’s other top offers included Buffalo, Robert Morris and Ashland. Bucknell, Youngstown State, Georgetown, Valparaiso, Sacred Heart and Ohio Dominican also extended offers, he said.

But that interest shown by Akron, once Arth took over the program, won him over.

Marousek is Akron’s second Northeast Ohio commitment in a week. Benedictine receiver Charles Rosser announced Friday he also is joining the Zips.

At 6-3 and 195 pounds, Rosser caught 42 passes last season for 783 yards and nine touchdowns at Benedictine.

Marousek said he has not spoken with Rosser yet, but hopes to soon change that.

“We’re going to start recruiting anybody else who’s on the fence,” said Marousek, who plans to major in engineering. “It’s going to be fun, going from being recruited to the recruiter.”

By Matt Goul,