Maze played tailback, quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and returned kickoffs and punts for coach Donnie Rogers at Tarrant High School, amassing 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in just six games as a senior. On defense he recorded 26 tackles and 6 interceptions during his junior year, when he also rushed for 1,109 yards and 19 touchdowns as a running back. Maze also started as a guard for the Wildcats basketball team.
Maze was recruited heavily as a wide-receiver and athlete. He was recruited by Michigan and Tennessee, but ended up accepting a scholarship offer from Alabama on signing day. He was redshirted in 2007. He was named Most Valuable Player of the A-Day game with five receptions for 87 yards and two rushes for 47 more. He started against Clemson in the season opener of his freshman year. Along with Julio Jones and Dont'a Hightower, he was one of only three freshmen to start the game. He did not have a catch in the game, but did finish the season with 11 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns, the first against Ole Miss and the second from backup Greg McElroy in the waning minutes of the 2008 Iron Bowl.
- Kausler, Don Jr (December 30, 2009) "Former Tarrant star Marquis Maze has emerged as a playmaker for Tide." Birmingham News
- Marquis Maze at rolltide.com