Feb. 12, 2013
With another successful National Signing Day in the books for the Florida State football program, our continued individual look at each signee continues today with a glance at cornerback Marquez White.
White publicly committed to FSU on May 25, 2012 but that early pledge to the Seminoles didn't stop in-state programs Auburn and Alabama from continuing to recruit the Dothan, Ala. native -- including a certain coach by the name of Jeremy Pruitt. Before he was hired as FSU's defensive coordinator, Pruitt served as the Crimson Tide's defensive backs coach and had hoped to add White to what has turned into a 'Bama-NFL pipeline for defensive secondary players.
When Pruitt came to Tallahassee, White's commitment to the Seminoles grew even stronger and he was the third student-athlete to fax in his signed National Letter of Intent on Feb. 6. His strong desire to be a Seminole also extended beyond his own recruitment where he served as a pro-'Noles mouthpiece for the program among uncommitted recruits.
"Marquez was also one of our best recruiters," said Pruitt, who Tuesday was named Rivals.com's ACC Recruiter of the Year.
What Florida State is getting in White is a talented 6-foot-1, 175-pound defender that meets the three criterion of a Pruitt-coached defensive back.
"When we are talking about defensive backs, the first thing we want to see is can the guy play man-to-man?" said Pruitt, who has known White since the player was in the ninth grade. "If he can play man-to-man that's great. The next thing, can he play the ball in the deep part of the field? Can he tackle in space?"
White has the ability to do each of those and excel at all three with hard work in the film room, in the weight room and on the field.
He'll enroll at FSU this summer after graduating from the same high school as 'Noles wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.
Along with fellow signees Nate Andrews and Jalen Ramsey, White will join a depth chart that lost just Xavier Rhodes and returns such playmakers as Lamarcus Joyner, Ronald Darby, Nick Waisome, Karlos Williams and Terrence Brooks, among others.
As for poteintal jersey numbers, White will have to switch it up when he gets to Tallahassee as the No. 2 he wore in high school is retired at FSU in honor of Deion Sanders.
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