October 29, 2008

Dunbar receiver is an emerging star

There are times in recruiting when a prospect's on-field production doesn't match the off-field hype.

Sometimes you can go to a game with the intent of watching a prospect in action and the player won't make a single play over the course of four quarters. That has not been the case thus far this season with Fort Worth Dunbar wide receiver Darius White.

The 6-3, 190-pound White was regarded as one of the state's top athletes before the season and now he is putting the finishing touches on a junior season that could make him one of the nation's top overall wide receiver prospects.

Just look at the numbers.

Through eight games this season, White currently leads the Fort Worth area in receiving yards (734), average yards per catch (26.2) and receiving touchdowns (13), while helping lead the Wildcats to a 7-1 record and a 3-0 mark in district play heading into the weekend.

"It's been a blessing," White said. "God has truly blessed us and given us help this season."

When asked if White had any idea that his performance this season would rank with the best in the nation, he gave a humble response.

"I did even know that this would happen," he said. It's in God's hands and he has looked over me and over our team. He has really blessed us."

While he might not have expected the enormous statistical season, the idea that his college recruiting will soon begin in earnest has crossed his mind.

"Yes sir, me and my parents have talked about it," White said. "I've been thinking about it the most. I just keep thinking about how it is going to be. I think it's going to be great. I started playing football when I was four years old. I was supposed to be in a touch league, but I was playing tackle instead. I've been working for this since I was four."

Among the schools that have already started to chase after the speedy playmaker are Texas, LSU, UCLA, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.

As far as a favorite might be concerned, White made his first unofficial visit to Austin a few weeks back and it's pretty clear that the Longhorns made quite an impression on him.

"I went to the UT/Missouri game about a week ago and I loved it," White said. "I really like it. I just love how the team is with the players, their personalities and the coaching It is a great place to be. They also provide a great education."

If it sounds like the Longhorns might be an early leader for the player that currently ranks No.9 overall in the most recent Lone Star Recruiting Rankings, it's for good reason.

"I really, really want to go to UT," White said. "That's my No.1 choice. I really want to go to UT. If I go there it'll be a big chance for me and my family."

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