DT Marquis White Commits to USF

Almost done Coach. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Just two days before National Signing Day, the St. Pete Times' Joe Smith is reporting that USF has secured the commitment of North Carolina Tech DT Marquis White. The 6'5 297lb Orlando native was a relative newcomer in this recruiting cycle, and after enjoying his visit to Tampa on the January 21st recruiting weekend, he pulled the trigger after visiting Florida A&M this week. If you might think that White is a marginal recruit, please note that White also had offers from North Carolina and Minnesota as well.

Smith was able to get a hold of NC Tech Head Coach Ted Newman to hear what he had to say about White, and he spoke of White's potential and ability,

"This is a natural born athlete, like a freak of nature. He's got great size, he's fast, he's got great instincts. We had to tell him to stop hitting the quarterback in practice one day. They got a quality football player. It looks like that program is going in the right direction, getting guys like Marquis."

This year for NC Tech, White recorded an impressive 38 tackles with 8 of those for a loss. He also recorded 4.5 sacks and deflected 4 passes which is impressive for a Defensive Tackle.

I don't think we get White if someone else was head coach. Holtz still has a lot of connections in North Carolina, and his relationship with Newman and NC Tech, along with White wanting to head back to Florida sealed the deal with his commitment. Marquis does sound like a project, but a wise coach once told me you can't coach size. Plus with guys like Cory Grissom and Keith McCaskill returning at DT, White will have time to develop before being expected to contribute consistently on the defensive line in 2012.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Voodoo Five

You must be a member of Voodoo Five to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Voodoo Five. You should read them.

Join Voodoo Five

You must be a member of Voodoo Five to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Voodoo Five. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker