April 29, 2008

2010 star has his eye on Horns

As the recruiting universe continues to evolve from a nine-month cycle that begins in May and extends through early February, to a never-ending process that swallows up all 365 days on the calendar, the term "sleeper" has become somewhat of an endangered species.

Like the Giant Panda.

In this day and age of early commitments, junior days, sophomore days and every other day in-between, the idea that prospects can develop at a pace that lets them emerge as a big-time prospect during their senior season is an idea that has long since passed.

It might still happen on occasion, but they've become a variety for sure.

With schools establishing their list of targets earlier and earlier each year, it has become imperative for athletes to get the word out about their talent as soon as possible. One player that has done exactly that is DeSoto defensive back Adrian White.

As a member of the 2010 class, White has attended several events such as the U.S. Army All-American underclassmen combine in San Antonio and this past weekend's Nike Camp in Forth Worth with the hope of establishing himself as one of the state's top prospects.

Consider his mission accomplished.

There might not be a lot of certainties in recruiting at this point for the 2010 year, but it's crystal clear that the 6-0, 180-pound White will be among the state's top prospects. After an outstanding sophomore campaign for one of the Metroplex's top football machines, White has excelled on every platform during the off-season. After earning second-team honors at the Army combine that featured few sophomores, White earned MVP honors on the defensive side of the ball at the Nike Camp.

"I think Adrian White, he made a lot of good plays during the one-on-ones, going against several of the good receivers here," defensive backs coach Eugene Jackson told Rivals.com. "He wasn't scared to step as underclassmen, and that's why we voted him the MVP because he made a lot of good plays."

The word on White is clearly out.

"I've already taken unofficial visits to Texas and Oklahoma," White said. "I had some invites to go to other springs games as well. I've got a lot of camp offers. I know that I'm going to go to a lot of camps. I'm going to the Texas camp in June and the Shuman Junior Camp in May. Those are the ones that I know of as of right now. I'll probably go to Texas A&M's camp."

White mentioned that the visit to Austin to see the Longhorns opened up his eyes.

"It went real good," White said. "They made me feel very welcome. They showed me around their facilities and I got to see the locker room and the weight room. After that we went down on the field and we watched the spring game."

As far as his feelings towards the Longhorns, it was believed that White didn't have an interest in the UT program, but that's clearly not the case.

"I like Texas. Texas is a school that I like a lot," White said.

While there will be plenty of time for White to immerse himself in recruiting, he brushed off the success that he had this weekend in Forth Worth.

"It felt pretty good to (perform) well, but there's a lot of stuff that I can do a lot better," White said. "I feel like I need to keep working hard because I need to get a lot better."

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