North Carolina Tech Prep defensive lineman Marquise White, has signed his LOI, faxed it in and is officially a Bull! He's a 6-foot-5, 298 defensive tackle who's currently at NC Tech Prep, and played hoops with USF Commit Corian Hamilton at Olympia in 2009. He only played football for one year this past season, and is a sleeper in every sense, but the staff loves his potential. Monday it was reported that he did commit, and when I spoke to the Tigers assistant head coach and his Defensive Line Coach Askia Alkebulan he confirmed it.
"Yes he committed to USF," said his Defensive Line Coach Askia Alkebulan . "He did it this past weekend, and I just received the call that he committed today."
White had offers from Southern, FAMU, Minnesota, him and a bunch of D-II schools, and UNC expressed interest early on, but started favoring the Bulls once they initiated contact. White made a trip two Tampa two weeks ago and has been high on the Bulls ever since, and even changed his Facebook profile picture to one of him standing on the Bulls logo on the new practice fields. He also took and earlier visit to Southern, and a recent trip to FAMU, but always favored the Bulls.
The interesting thing is that he only played just one year of football and that was the past season at NC Tech Prep, and did very well. He was the second leading tackler on the defensive line recording 38 total tackles, with 17 of them solo. He also had 9 tackles-for-a-loss, 4 ½ sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 4 passes swatted away.
"Coming in he didn't have a whole lot of experience, and he was real raw," said Alkebulan. "But he was real strong, athletic, and a real big kid. When he came in he was 6'5, and was around 290-close to 300 pounds, and put on around 5 pounds while he was here. He's real strong, extremely strong, and I would see him throw around 300 pound linemen like they were nothing. He just real raw after not having a lot of football experience and was still learning the game. But at the same time you saw the physical ability that was there, you don't teach them that, you can't teach that."
With his size one would think he locked into a position but his coach said with athleticism, he was more versatile then you would think.
"He's aggressive and pretty fast for a guy his size, said Alkebulan. "I would even play him at the weak side defensive end at times because he was able to rush the passer. I would play him at the 3-technique as well."
After talking to both his DL coach and his head coach last night, they got me excited about this kid. His coach raved about his size, strength and athleticism, calling him a freak with NFL type qualities.
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