Adrian White, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound four-star cornerback from DeSoto, Texas, says he now has 17 scholarship offers and is still trying to narrow things down.
“I’d like to make an early commitment,” White said. “I’m hoping to do it this summer. I just want the recruiting process behind me once I start my senior year.”
White now denies a favorite but likes Texas, LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Cal. All of his favorites have offered as well as Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M and Nebraska, among others.
He says that Texas is recruiting him the hardest and he’s already attended the Longhorns Junior Day. “I really like the coaches at Texas,” White said. “They are very homey. They really make you feel good and like family. It’s a great environment. The coaches are always there to talk to and support you. It was real nice.
“It’s also a really good campus,” he said. “I love the weight room. It was amazing. They have everything you could want there.”
Austin is only about two hours from White’s house, but he says that distance won’t matter. “I don’t care about distance,” he said. “It’s more important to me to find a program with good coaches, a good atmosphere and nice weather. I care about that more than distance.”
Weather, in fact, played a key role in White’s visit to the Oklahoma Junior Day. “It was really cold when I was there,” he said. “I was surprised how cold it was.
“I like the defense they run at Oklahoma and it’s a championship program,” he said of the Sooners. “It was cold but I had a good time.”
Despite being born and raised in Texas, White says he never grew up following any of the in-state schools. “I just liked watching football,” he admitted. “I never had a team that I wanted to win or anything. I really was more into seeing good games.”
Thus far, Texas and Oklahoma are the only two schools he’s already visited, but White plans to change that.
One school that White admits he’d love to visit is California. “They sent me a DVD about the school and a whole bunch of info and it looked great,” he said. “I’ve been to California for track and I loved the weather, but I’ve never been to Cal.
“It seems like a good place though,” he said. “They have a pretty good team every year.”
Another program that White credits with consistency is Florida. “They are always winning,” he said.
“I love their defense,” White said. “They play fast and always have great corners. I like how they just let them loose to make plays. They also have really good coaches. They just have it all.”
But the Gators aren’t the only team with a fast defense. “Man, the LSU defense loves to blitz,” he said. “They are great. They play really hard and I just love all the different schemes they run.”
With defense being the main theme of the night, White says he’s intrigued by Tennessee and their new coaches, specifically defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. “He’s from the Bucs,” he said. “So he coached in the NFL. That’s real impressive. He knows what he’s talking about.
“They should have a great defense,” White said.
But coach Kiffin isn’t the only coach who impresses White. “The whole staff seems great,” he said. “His son (head coach Lane Kiffin) has a ton of energy and they just always seem pumped. I think things are really looking up for them.”
One of White’s most recent offers was from Notre Dame. “I’ll definitely look at them,” he said. “I was surprised they even offered me, but since they did I’d like to check them out.”
White finished his junior season with 55 tackles and five interceptions. He says he can bench 210-pounds, squat 335 and claims a 33-inch vertical jump.
“I’m good at the line of scrimmage,” White said. “I think I’m good enough to cover a receiver and am very quick. I have great feet and am very aggressive.
“But I still want to improve my technique and back peddle,” he said. “I think everyone can improve their technique. That’s where it all starts. I want to get in and out of my cuts better.”
White says he plans to major in business communications and reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1230 SAT.