One word can describe this commitment: HUGE! Markus White is possibly the best talent FSU has gotten a commitment from at defensive end since Peter Boulware. Needless to say he dominated this year. Looking at his stat line, some would think that was his career in JUCO, but it was only for this past season: 91 tackles, 25 ½ sacks, 17 tipped passes, 37 total TFLs and nearly 200 lost in sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 1 touchdown on a 30 yard fumble return. That's pure domination.
When asked about the commitment, White had this to say, "I made the decision on Monday and I feel real good about it. There are a lot of good programs out there, but FSU for me has the complete program and it's a program that I can help as they help me. Schools like Oklahoma, Miami, West Virginia and South Carolina were on me very heavy lately, but FSU was always the choice for me. South Carolina even came to see me recently."
The class FSU is building this year looks as though it may finish somewhere within the top 5. With 22 commitments before White pulled the trigger, it looked like the class was beginning to fill up. That is something that caught the attention of Markus. He said, "I saw that they were up to 22 commitments and I wanted to be apart of the great class they were building. Coach Jody Allen came out here to see me so I shocked him and told him I was committing to FSU. I said I wanted to commit to his program, so I am happy to make it public so everyone knows it."
For Markus coming "home" was major part of the reason why FSU has always been at the top of his school list. Even though Miami is located closer to his home, they got on him too late and couldn't make up the ground that FSU had established months ago. "I told my father that I wanted to go ahead and get it done, that I was leaning towards committing. I wanted to be apart of this program and I am very happy to be a Florida State Seminole. My father was happy, they can come see me play, and now I can put all my focus on getting my school done," stated White.
With a lack of depth at the defensive end spot, there is a very good chance we'll see Markus come in and contribute mightily to the team, maybe even become a starter. He says, "I am going to bring 111% effort. If that effort doesn't get me a starting position then that means the talent there is great. That is no knock on the other players. I am just going to give them everything I have because I'm proud that they recruited me and are giving me a shot. I know Everette Brown has been doing well and they've had injuries there, so I am going to come in and make the program better."
What many people think sets him apart is the effort and motor he shows on the field. "My motor is what separates me from other players. If I want something I get it. I get real hyped from the crowd and I love playing this game. FSU hasn't guaranteed me the starting spot, and that is something that I wanted them to do. When I came to the JUCO ranks I didn't know if I was ever going to get this shot. I feel like I accomplished something. I am going to work my butt off, come in, and earn what is given to me.
With the commitment set, White just wants to finish what he's started and get to FSU in June. "I am dedicated to the program at FSU and I am sure about this decision. I am taking my official there January 11th and that is going to be the only visit I take. When I get there I'll have 4 years to play 3, but I don't plan on taking a redshirt. When I get to FSU I want to make sure that I've gotten stronger and faster. I want to get my degree there. After going through all of this, not qualifying out of high school and having to go this route, I've dedicated myself to being a great student. I am more committed to school and graduating with a degree is one of my goals. I'm a proud Seminole and I cannot wait to get there," said White.
This is a crown jewel type commitment for FSU, and a guy that'll come in and contribute right away. Right now he is 6'5" and 250 pounds. He hopes to get stronger and faster so that he'll make a smooth transition from JUCO to Division 1. Stay tuned to the best site on the web, NoleDigest, for your information on the 2008 recruiting class.