POWAY, Calif. — Marquez White, a freshman midfielder at Poway High School and for 3d San Diego, verbally committed to play at powerhouse Syracuse University last weekend, becoming the latest Southern California lacrosse player to make a commitment to an elite Division I college.
White, who joins a loaded, reigning two-time CIF San Diego champion Poway this spring, considered a collection of top college programs before finalizing his decision on a visit to campus and the Carrier Dome.
A standout with 3d San Diego who turned heads all last year on the showcase and event circuit, White becomes the third member of 3d San Diego’s 2020 class to commit to a Division I school in recent months, and he is the second freshman at Poway to give a verbal commitment.
— Poway Lacrosse (@PowayLacrosse) February 26, 2017
Marquez White shared some thoughts in the wake of the big news — news that speaks to the growth of the game and the increasing talent level here in SoCal.
What were some of the reasons that ultimately led you to decide on Syracuse?
“Their history of success is what attracted me to their program at first, but after visiting and doing more research, they have amazing facilities, including field houses and the Carrier Dome, as well as the fact that you receive a great education.”
What were some of the other schools you considered?
I was considering Maryland, North Carolina, Cornell and Michigan.
Describe the recruiting process. Who helped you through it, and how much of it was done on your own?
“It is a fun process, but it is very crazy because of how accelerated it is. I definitely couldn’t have done it on my own. Coach Zack Burke was a huge part of helping me get through it and connecting me with many coaches. My dad helped me stay in check and prepared me for all of the visits I had. What I did on my own was talk to the coaches on the phone and when I hung with the players currently on the team.”
How have you developed as a player in the 3d Lacrosse system?
“The 3d Lacrosse system has helped me become a better individual player and a better team player. I have improved my skills through the box/field hybrid practices. I have become a better team player through the improvement of my lacrosse IQ. 3d has helped my IQ by keeping me aware of everyone who is on the field and where they are, as well as making the right decisions in different situations.”
How would you describe yourself as a player and how do you see yourself fitting into the program at Syracuse in a few years?
“At Syracuse I will be surrounded by many outstanding players and an amazing coaching staff that will know how to use each and every one of us. With all of this talent on the team, I will not stand out as I have on teams in the past. I can be a great contributor to the program as long as my game keeps on improving.”
You’re the rare West Coast commit to get the opportunity to play at Syracuse. Discuss the tradition there and the idea of joining that.
“Syracuse has a history in lacrosse like no other. The tight-knit community of all the lacrosse players who have gone through the Syracuse lacrosse program and those who are there now is an honor to be a part of. I am very excited to become an Orangeman.”
Now that you’re committed to Syracuse, what kind of goals have you set for yourself?
“My goal as a Syracuse commit is to improve my game even more than where it is now. I want to contribute to the Syracuse lacrosse program and help them be a very successful team.”