As we continue our march to kickoff, we take a look at the top 100 recruits to sign with Auburn of all-time*. The rankings are based on 247’s composite recruit rankings, which unfortunately only date back to 2000.
I’ll be honest, the College and Mag group chat was a bit stumped when Marcus White’s name came across the radar, and none of us really remembered his recruitment or his time on the Plains.
Back in the relative stone age days, you’d get a magazine with a list of the best recruits in the country, and you’d see a name and that would be the extent of your knowledge before somebody came to town. The message boards and recruiting industry weren’t quite as helpful at the turn of the millennium as they are now.
So, we arrive at Marcus White. The extent of our intelligence tells us that he was a top ten defensive end nationally, and had good size at 6’5, 270. He committed to Auburn on National Signing Day in 2000, and arrived on campus that summer.
After making his way up from the bay area in Mobile, White never really made it as a contributor on a defensive line that had some pretty solid talent. Sitting behind guys like Demarco McNeil, Reggie Torbor, and Alex Lincoln his freshman season, White made 5 tackles and a sack in limited playing time. He upped that number to 15 tackles with 4 TFLs and another sack in backup duty in 2001, but he was still behind the same group of guys on the line.
He eventually transferred to Murray State, and in 2004, he made a big impact for the Racers on the defensive line. White posted 39 tackles with 9 TFLs and 3 sacks as MSU went 7-4. He graduated from Murray and spent three seasons in the Tennessee Titans organization before a short stint in the Arena League led to his retirement.
White has consistently worked his way up the coaching ranks since his playing days, with stints all over the country. His timeline speaks of consistent growth and development —
2008 - defensive line coach at Jackson-Olin in Birmingham
2009 - assistant coach at St. Paul’s in Mobile
2010 - offensive graduate assistant at University of Houston
2011 - offensive line coach at Tarleton State
2012 - offensive quality control coach at University of Houston
2013-14 - offensive analyst at Texas Tech
2015 - defensive line coach at Faulkner University
2016-18 - defensive line coach at Bowling Green