June 10, 2009

White returns from visits

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas running back James C. White plays in a unique situation for a big time college prospect. Normally when you look at a recruit that prospect is the main running back on his team. In White's case he shares the ball with STA leading rusher Giovanni Bernard. Despite not being the only elite runner in his back field White has done plenty to get noticed.

Last season while splitting carries with Bernard White ran the ball 127 times for a total of 933 yards and 18 touchdowns. Those numbers helped lead to double digits scholarship offers. One of the offers came from Syracuse and White recently took a visit to the New York school.

"The visit went nice. We have two players up there from our school, Kevyn Scott and Dorian Graham. They showed me around and showed me the ropes."

White, 5-foot-10, 196 pounds was able to be hosted by players he already knew, but a couple of items really stuck out on the trip.

"I would have to say just being around the coaches and meeting the coaching staff and just seeing what they have to offer was my favorite part," White said. "I liked all of the facilities up there."

The Orange coaching staff really stuck out for White and he points to them for the reason that he feels Syracuse is about to turn around.

"The program is trying to come up and they have an awesome coaching staff."

Will the three star prospect be making a return trip to Syracuse?

"If they are one of my top schools when I settle down and get ready for official visits then yes I will."

While on his trip north White also took a visit to Rutgers.

"It was really nice. They have real nice facilities and a nice campus and everything. Coach Schiano is down to earth."

With double digit offers in hand White does not have a favorite or a top five, but he does have a time set to narrow everything down.

"No not right now everybody is even," White stated. "I will narrow everything down after the summer."

The Sunshine State product is a very versatile running back and he thinks that is what makes him a solid prospect.

"I feel like I have the complete package. I have speed and I can catch the ball out of the backfield."

Since he likes to think he is the total package White models his game after the Philadelphia Eagles Brian Westbrook who is arguably the most versatile back in the NFL.

"I like to model my game after Brian Westbrook," White stated. "He can do it all block, run, catch the ball out of the back field. He is an impact player and a game changer."

An early decision is something that does not happen too often with prospects out of STA and White is no exception.

"I would probably like to make my decision after the season a little bit before signing day."

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