Football Recruiting

Texas After DeSoto DB

Adrian White is one of the best DBs in the state of Texas and the highly-recruited prospect looks to be one of the Longhorns’ top targets for the class of 2010. White talked with Inside Texas about his trip to Austin to see the Horns play, his plans for recruiting and more.
The Texas defensive staff has made it clear that they want the defensive backs with the ability to play either cornerback or safety.

Look no further than the Longhorns’ 2009 defensive back class to see just how serious the staff is about sticking to their guns.

Eryon Barnett, Kenny Vaccaro, and Marcus Davis are all big-bodied, physical defenders that Texas coaches are hopeful will one day bring back images of Quentin Jammer and Michael Huff.

If the Longhorn coaches are looking for a prospect in the Class of 2010 to fit the bill, then they will likely need to look no further than DeSoto’s Adrian White.

Arguably the top junior defensive back prospect in the state, White has the total package in size (6-0, 180), athleticism and speed (he reports a 4.41 40) that college coaches covet.

With all of his gifts White is sure to be at the top of the wish list for Texas coaches once February rolls around and the first set of offers are given out. The good news for the Longhorns is that the star junior has already taken a liking to the Texas program.

“When I went down for the Arkansas game, that was my first time to even see the stadium,” White said. “I really enjoyed myself.”

While taking in the Longhorns 52-10 demolition of the Razorbacks on Sept. 27, White got a grand tour of the new look DKR and liked what he saw.

“They showed us around. The facilities were real nice,” White said. “(Texas) played really good.”

While White still has a long way to go before making his college decision, his current goals mainly involve helping the Eagles get their season turned around. Having played a tough non-district schedule under the direction of new head coach Claude Mathis, who came to DeSoto from Austin LBJ during the spring, the Eagles enter District 11-5A play against North Mesquite on Friday sporting a 1-4 record, with three of the losses coming by 8 points or less.

“It’s kind of a rebuilding year for us,” White said. “We have a new coach, a new offense, a whole new system. We’ve made some mistakes early, but we’ll be alright.”

White plays only on the defensive side of the ball for the Eagles, seeing time at both cornerback and safety. With a preference to playing cornerback, White says he tries to pattern his came after San Diego Chargers all-Pro defender Antonio Cromartie.

“I just like the way he plays,” White said.

One of White’s better moments this year came in a 28-20 loss to state ranked Plano when he did an outstanding job in one-on-ones with Plano receiver Kris Lott, one of the top prep pass catchers in the Dallas area. As a sophomore White notched eight pass break ups and one interception for a team that went 9-3 and advanced to the area round of the Class 5A Division II playoffs. He is one of the most important pieces of a DeSoto team largely made up of underclassmen this year that could be one of the best in the Metroplex in 2009.

His talent is tremendous and several colleges have already taken notice and extended offers to the junior. White is currently reporting offers from LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Vanderbilt, and he is in no rush to end the recruiting process.

White also says he has no order of favorites at this time.

“I’m just evaluating schools right now,” White said, who also knows what he wants when choosing a school. “I’m going to look at the environment, how the people are, how the coaches are. Also how good the team is.”

White does hold an Oklahoma offer and has strong interest in Texas, but he said he is unsure whether he will be attending the 103rd edition of the Red River Rivalry this Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.

“I might,” White said. “I’m really not sure yet.”

Whether or not White makes to Saturday’s top five showdown, he has made it clear that he has his eyes on Texas.

“I am strongly considering Texas,” White said. “Definitely.”