JUCO Player of the Year ready to visit FSU

This weekend is one of the biggest recruiting weekends for Florida State this year. NoleDigest caught up the JUCO Player of the Year and Seminole commitment Markus White to see what he's been up to and gather his thoughts leading up to his official visit to Tallahassee.

White, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, helped lead his team to the Junior College national championship. He finished the year with 25.5 sacks, which led the nation at the JUCO level. Since the game White has been on Christmas break and he is itching to get back to Kansas to finish out his time there. He says, "I am not getting back there until the 20th. I'm looking forward to getting back. Since I've been home I've been playing basketball and hanging out with my family. It has been really nice them and my friends."

Before heading back to Butler Community College White will be making his official to FSU this weekend. Even though he has never visited FSU, White committed to the Noles in December. This weekend he is looking to see that he made the right decision. "I am set on them. I am really looking forward to getting there and meeting the players and checking out the environment. Meeting the players and making sure I fit well is what I'll be looking for. I really feel it's going to work out, so I am not too worried about. I'm excited to get there and my father is too. He has always been an FSU fan. I could have flown up there but I wanted my dad to come with me, and I want him to get used to the drive for when he comes to see me in the fall," stated White.

One of the reasons White committed to the Seminoles was because of defensive ends coach Jody Allen. Before NoleDigest spoke to him he had a conversation with his future position coach. He said, "I just spoke to Coach Allen about 20 minutes ago. He was just calling me and checking in to see how me and my family were doing. We talked about the itinerary for my visit and all that too. I like that he is keeping in touch with me because it makes me feel really wanted. I still hear from other schools but I never answer the phone. I'm 100% committed but it still nice to know they are thinking about me."

One of the big stories during the college season was the cheating scandal at FSU. For White it has been something that he's paid attention to, but it hasn't affected the choice he made. "I don't want to say it was a good thing because it was bad that that went down, but the good thing about it is that it won't be happening again. My thought on it is that they took care of business and that the people involved will have to pay the consequences for it. For other players it gives them a chance to step up and perform. For a guy like me it means that I'll be depended on more and I'll get the chance to make an early impact," stated White.

One thing that may surprise people about White is that he is a fan of recruiting as it is something he follows. With the expectations of a big recruiting weekend in Tallahassee, White states he'll look to help out the coaches if needed. He states, "I look at it and see who we are getting. If it comes down to it this weekend I'm going to help. I'm going to make sure that I'm going to be as friendly as possible. With what we have coming in 2008 should be a good season, but 2009 is when it'll come together. I hope we can get this team back into the 10+ wins like FSU is used to. It's been a while. But we have an excellent class right now. I like to be on a defensive team, and I think that's what we really got. The defense is excellent and the offense is getting guys like E.J. Manuel, Corey Surrency and other playmakers. We are building a great defense with a dangerous offense."

White, who will be hosted be Neefy Moffett, says that one thing he plans on checking out is the academic side of things. He explains, "I want to check out what they have to offer. I'm still undecided on a major so I want to be able to declare one this weekend. Really I am just anxious to get there as a student. But I have to finish out in Kansas, so I plan on working my butt off until I get to FSU in the summer."

The commitment of Markus was a major coup for the Seminoles. He is a dominating force coming off the edge, and he'll be a guy who will see major minutes from Day 1. Stay tuned for further updates with Markus and the rest of the 2008 recruiting class.

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