Northview’s Marquez White is back to showcase his talents.
The last time he was in Montgomery, White was playing basketball for the South team during All-Star Sports Week. This time, he is playing cornerback for the state in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Cramton Bowl on Saturday.
“Out of all the people who could have been picked in something of this magnitude,” White said, “I was excited for it and blessed again to be able to represent my state.”
White plays point guard for Northview High but is missing out on games against Jeff Davis and Ashford while practicing for the all-star game.
“I’m actually missing a big game because I’m going to be up here,” White said. “But as far as this, a week of football is a lot better than a week of school.”
White, a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, has committed to play for Florida State next season. With a slew of scholarship offers from the top football programs in the country, he knows the Mississippi receivers have put a bull’s-eye on his back.
“I’m excited for the competition and knowing the people I’m going against are trying to make a name off me,” White said. “I’m trying to compete and get better and get ready for the next level.”
During practice this week, White has gotten a chance to meet Prattville’s Austin Golson, a four-star offensive tackle who will also play for the Seminoles.
“Yea, he’s a cool guy, and he’s a good ball player,” Golson said. “From what I’ve seen, he looks pretty good. I’m glad to have him as a future teammate.”
White has also teamed up with Auburn commit Kamryn Melton, a fellow cornerback from rival Dothan. But their rivalry stays on the gridiron, the two even rode to Montgomery together.
“We’re only enemies on the field,” White said. “We grew up together. Off the field, we shoot each other texts before the game. But football is football. In the game, you’re trying to win it for your team, so there’s no friendships besides the people you’re with.”
White said he and Melton are a perfect one-two punch in the defensive backfield, describing himself as a cover-corner, and Melton as more physical. Melton, a three-star prospect, said he is glad to have a friend and a talented corner on the other side of the field.
“It feels good, I know I don’t have to worry about the other side getting burned,” Melton said. “It’s a lot of pressure off of me. I can have fun and handle my business.”
Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook coach and head coach for the all-star game, said it didn’t take long to see how talented White was in practice.
“The thing about him is he’s got some of the best ball instincts and anticipation I’ve ever seen,” Yeager said. “He’s a great talent. He breaks on the ball and can cover an unbelievable amount of space in a short amount of time.”
White said he is heading to Tallahassee this summer and despite the merry-go-round of conference re-alignment and rumors about Florida State swapping conferences, he just wants to hit the field.
“I’m going for the school, I’m not going for the conference,” White said. “Whatever conference we’re in, that’s fine with me as long as I get the chance to play and compete.”