UNC Offers JuCo DE

During a recruiting trip to El Dorado (Kan.) Butler Community College, Sam Pittman came upon a dominating defensive end – Markus White.

"They had come to look at a running back, Beau Johnson, [and] they saw Markus and liked him on film," said Troy Morrell, Butler's head football coach. "They just kind of took it from there. They offered him."

Morrell estimates that White has collected in the range of 20-25 scholarship offers including offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

"He's a big time player," Morrell said. "He's very explosive off the end… He can run, dunk the basketball about any way you want it, and he's one of those guys that has a tremendous motor, also."

Coming out of Lake Worth (Fla.) Leonard High School, White was a member of Rutgers' 2006 recruiting class. However, the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder failed to qualify and has thus spent the past two seasons at Butler.

According to Morrell, White has reopened his recruitment, but has currently put it on hold as he focuses on Butler's title run.

Regardless, White has scheduled a December official visit with West Virginia. Morrell says Florida State is the only other school White has mentioned about officially visiting.

White will take the majority of his recruiting trips during the month of January as he won't be set to graduate from Butler until May.

This past Sunday, Butler defeated Wichita (Kan.) Fort Scott, 35-22, in the Region VI Championship. The victory improves Butler's record to 11-0 on the season and puts the Grizzlies in a good position to play in the Top of the Mountains Bowl against Ephraim (Utah) Snow College for the national championship.

In the Region IV Championship game, White had a pair of sacks and consistently applied pressure to Fort Scott quarterback Greg Cross.

"He's a big part of our team," Morrell said. "He's a guy that's in the backfield constantly [and] he's very disruptive to opposing offenses."

When the dust settles from the season, White is expected to take home numerous accolades, including All-American honors. His 24.5 sacks is tops in the nation. White has also collected 85 tackles (58 solo), including 35.5 for a loss, 15 pass breakups, 21 quarterback hurries, and has forced seven fumbles.

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