Marques Valdes-Scantling was born on October 10, 1994, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Valdes-Scantling attended Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg and as a senior team captain, had 50 receptions for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 6’4″, 206-pound Valdes-Scantling started his collegiate career at North Carolina State where he played in 2013 and 2014. In those two seasons, Valdes-Scantling had 44 receptions for 538 yards and one touchdown. The Florida native then transferred closer to home when he went to South Florida, which is located in Tampa. In two seasons with the Bulls, Valdes-Scantling had 75 catches for 1,294 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was definitely a deep threat for South Florida, as he averaged 17.3 yards per catch in his two years as a Bull.