Former RU Recruit making a name in JUCO

Markus White was a member of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights recruiting class two years ago. He struggled with attaining a qualifying test score and has taken his talents to the Kansas JUCO circuit. He enrolled at Butler CC this past spring and is currently participating in his first semester of JUCO ball. And now, he is being regarded as one of the best in the nation.

An early injury to a starting DE, thrusted White in to the line-up. And now he is up for Kansas JUCO Defensive Player of the Year and will most likely be a 1st Team All American. On the season, Markus has posted freakish numbers. In 9 games he has posted 68 tackles; 31.5 behind the line of scrimmage resulting in a loss of 194 yards; 21.5 sacks for a loss of 143 yards, 11 pass break ups, 19 QB hurries, 4 fumbles recoveries and 7 forced fumbles. “When I was in high school, I would just run up the field and get by on athleticism. I really did not know what I was doing. Now I have a good feel for the game. It feels really natural for me. I have learned how to use my hands well. They also push us in the weight room here and I am growing in to my body. I measured in at 6’4 248 as the season started”.

On the recruiting front, Markus is open to all suitors. “This is a whole new recruiting process for me. I do miss home a bit, so if I could get closer to home that would be a good thing. Kansas is a bit different than Florida . When I was up in Jersey that one summer, at least there were a bunch of Florida kids up at Rutgers so the short transition was a bit easier”.

So far, White’s play on the field has certainly been noticed. “I have a good deal of offers. I have written offers from schools like West Virginia , Florida State , North Carolina , NC State. I speak to Arkansas a whole lot, but I am not sure if they have offered officially. I have spoken to coaches at all the schools. Coach Jody Allen at FSU, Butch Davis and the recruiting coach from UNC”.

White has one official set-up. “I am in the process of setting up visits. I am going to West Virginia with my roommate Swanson Miller (DT 6’5 300). Swanson reminds me physically a bit of my old teammate in high school Kenrick Ellis. Swanson is faster and just plays the game with great emotion. He is a very gifted and humble person and an incredibly hard worker. He was at 330 earlier in the year and he has really dedicated himself to the weight room. He also may visit Oklahoma State . They have offered him as well. I know we both will be speaking to UCF also".

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