Meet Marcus Whitfield
This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.
Name: Marcus Whitfield
Birthdate: Dec. 15, 1990
Birthplace: St. Louis, Mo.
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: Northwest High School
Senior statistics: 39 tackles, nine tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. 25 receptions for 372 yards and three touchdowns. Four carries for 97 yards. 16 punts for a 28.5-yard average.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 84 outside linebacker. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 63 strongside linebacker.
Bench max: 280
40-yard dash: 4.48
Other schools considered: West Virginia, East Carolina, Buffalo, James Madison, Richmond, Akron, Army
Favorite NFL player: Antonio Gates
Favorite NFL team: St. Louis Rams
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane
Favorite book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Anything
Favorite high school class: Sociology
Favorite thing about College Park: “The football complex and it’s a real nice campus. And the stadium.”
Other high school sports: Indoor and outdoor track
Hobbies: “Playing basketball, playing other sports other than football.”
Intended major: Undecided but leaning toward sports medicine
Something that not many people know about you: “Probably that I eat a lot and don’t gain any weight.”
Best football moment: “Probably the whole experience of going through the recruiting process.”
Role model: “My father because he’s always been coaching me since I’ve been growing up, no matter what sport it is. Basketball, football, track, whatever.”
Why Maryland? “The academic programs they had and how they basically are family. [The UM staff was] great to my family and my family loved them. It was just the best decision for me and my family.”