Coach Spotlight: Adrian White
Adrian White

Posted Oct 20, 2009


"I knew A.J. was going to be a heavily recruited player when I came here. He's very talented and has everything you look for in a corner. He really shined at all of the camps. So I knew there'd be a lot of interest in him." Read more of DeSoto's head coach interview here....


Adrian White didn't disappoint as a junior making 57 tackles, eight pass break-ups and had a fumble recovery on his way to being named 1st team All-District.

"We tried A.J. at free safety at first," head coach Claude Mathis said. "He did OK there, but he's really found his comfort zone when we moved him to corner. He's best in man-to-man, has excellent make-up speed, quick feet, and makes good use of turning his hips to defend the ball."

White was recruited nationally by many of the top-tier programs. He decided to give his verbal to his recruiter at Texas, Bruce Chambers, in mid-March.

"Coach Chambers and the staff at Texas did a good job of making A.J. feel at home," said Mathis. "He went for a visit and loved it. He was also a Longhorns fan growing up."

His commitment came close to a month after DeSoto teammate Darius Terrell gave his verbal to Texas.

Coming off a what Coach Mathis calls a "hard loss" in the district playoffs a year ago, White and Terrell have helped DeSoto to a 6-1; 2-0 start in 2009. The Eagles only loss of the season came to Cedar Hill 44-41 in the first game of the season.

"They want to win bad," says Mathis. "They're hungry. They'll be at Texas next year, but both guys are worried about helping this team win."

White has recorded 25 tackles, and already has two interceptions in the first six DeSoto ball games.

Off the field, A.J. White has excelled in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA and 1230 on the SAT.

"He's an excellent student," said Mathis. "A.J's on track to graduate this semester and plans on enrolling early at Texas."

Although White has a big field presence, Mathis says he's a pretty low-key guy.

"A.J's quiet, doesn't say a whole lot. He just likes being with his friends," Mathis added.

Standing 5-foot-11, 175-pounds and wearing No. 8, White has recorded some exceptional track times, but now is only focusing his attention solely on football. His coach says his 40 time is around a 4.3. Mathis believes White can become an impact player right away at the next level.

"He just needs to stay awake at all times. A.J. can get by on so much of his natural ability (at the high school level) he can fall asleep in coverage," Mathis said.

Playing for the hyper-active Will Muschamp, that probably won't be much of a problem at UT.



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