March 13, 2009

Longhorns pick up No.20

As one of the state's most high-profile recruits, DeSoto (Texas) High cornerback Adrian White has never had to worry about scholarship options.

With offers from major powerhouses in every major conference in the nation, White most certainly had options. Lots of them.

Yet when it was all said and done, the only option that mattered was the one right down I-35 from his home in DeSoto. The 5-11, 169-pound White announced on Friday that he has decided to join Mack Brown's program in Austin.

"A lot of people thought that I would choose Texas and that I was learning to them, and they were right," White said. "I'm going to be a Texas Longhorn."

According to White, this was a decision that he had been leaning towards for a very long time.

"When I was growing up, there was only one school that I looked to go to college and that was Texas," White said. "I love Texas from the coaches to Mack (Brown) and to the players. When I first went down to Texas for a camp, we talked to the coaches and every time we had lunch, we would talk and they would make us feel very comfortable."

With White's commitment, the Longhorns are currently sitting at 20 commitments before spring break and 16 of those are ranked in the newly released Rivals250. White, who is ranked No.22 in the current Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list, is ranked as a four-star prospect and the nation's No.186 player.

As a junior in 2008, White played multiple positions in the secondary for DeSoto and finished the season with 57 tackles, eight pass break-ups and a fumble recovery. White first exploded onto the recruiting scene in 2008 after a sensational performance at the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine. Since that time, he has been a showstopper at the Nike Camp in Forth Worth last season and once again at the Army Combine back in January.

"He has a chance to be the best defensive back in Texas," one BCS coach from outside the state of Texas that recruited White for the last year. "He's a kid that's committed to being a great player and that's why turned me to him. It matters to him. He's a great athlete that can do everything from the physical side. It doesn't surprise me that he ended up at Texas and I'd guess he'll do very well there."

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