Marquez White, Midfield, Twin Peaks (Calif.)/3d San Diego, 2020
White is a hard dodging, athletic young midfielder who shined at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp. He’s smooth initiating atop the box and can feed while moving his feed and can make it look pretty casual. He has endurance and can cover ground. He showed he could pull off dodges to use up a lot of space and utilize his speed, but he also made some good moves in more compact space. He was working with other midfielders on slips and showed good eyes when looking for his teammates. We saw him hammer an outside shot. Then we saw him invert, get topside and thread a shot top right on the run. He was arguably one of the most impressive midfielders in the 2020 group.
Marquez White, Midfield, Poway (Calif.)/3d San Diego
White is an athletic midfielder who uses that and his increasing skill to make plays. He showed great agility and coordination to take a feed, make a move, bump into a defender, shift himself by him to get to the center of the field and whip the ball past the goalie. He later scored in transition and later canned a hard outside high-to-high shot. The righty’s got high potential given his athleticism and ability to accelerate and glide as a dodger. White’s speed obviously makes him useful in other ways too, coming off the wing or showing nonchalant lateral speed playing short-stick defense.
Marquez White ’20, M, Poway (Calif.) / 3d San Diego
It doesn’t ever take long for White to stand out. Some kids are just on another level athletically, and White fits the bill. He moves around effortlessly, almost gliding past defenders. He drew early slide calls, but it didn’t seem to matter. When he wasn’t finding open teammates, the Syracuse verbal flashed a great in-tight handle.
Marquez White ’20, M, Poway (Calif.) – Syracuse
It’s easy to see what Syracuse took White early, loving his game at the Adrenaline ACC Prospect Games and securing his commitment in late February. He’s on a different level athletically and has an awfully impressive IQ to boot. There’s a lot of shake in his dodging reportoire and he often rolled back to his strong hand before burying shots. His understanding of the game was advanced enough that he could also produce offense off of the re-dodge, and he simply made play after play during the event.
Marquez White '20, M, Poway (Calif.) / Legends West — Syracuse | 84
He comes across as thin and light, but then makes the first move and you realize his jerky-quick suddenness is going to be a problem for opposing defenses. He has an all-around game; a central component to Legends West's offense, but not necessarily the straw that stirs the drink. Impressed by his ability to stick his nose into contested groundballs. Interesting to consider his impact at the next level, especially as he adds more weight. It's hard to find a comparison among Syracuse's recent midfielders, but he should be able to find a role.