January 24, 2012
Pleasant Grove kicker Marcus White gives verbal commitment to UC Davis;

white.jpgBy Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

Marcus White doesn't just have a leg. He has a canon with a shoe at the bottom.

The Pleasant Grove High School senior led the state in touchbacks, booming an amazing 6,971 yards worth of kickoffs to pin teams into the end zone. He also scored 107 points, sports good grades with a 4.2 grade-point average, is a fine athlete in general, and now had a scholarship.

He has given a verbal commitment to play at UC Davis and outgoing coach Bob Biggs, an Aggies fixture for more than 40 years as a player and coach. Biggs will coach the 2012 season, his 20th as the Aggies head man, and then retire.

"I am excited to work with Coach Biggs for one year before he retires as he was my dad's position coach when he played for UC Davis back in the early '80's," White said.

White was a three-year starter for Pleasant Grove, helping the Eagles reach three Sac-Joaquin Section Division I titles with one championship. He averaged 42 yards a punt, including an amazing 84-yarder.

He also played receiver and defensive back, plenty eager to block, hit and hammer foes. Really, how many kickers can squat 450 pounds?

His grandfather Roger White played defensive end and split end for UCLA's 1954 national title team, and father Russ White played tight end under Biggs at UCD.
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