2016 QB has early leader

Marietta (Ga.) Walton High School produced a pair of class of 2013 Alabama signees and the Crimson Tide is the early favorite to land arguably the school's top underclassmen prospect as well.

At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Josh White has a lot going for him as a quarterback at Marietta (Ga.) Walton High. It's evident in his impressive list of college campuses he's visited, sheer size and a big sophomore smile.

Impressive by any circumstance, consider that he's becoming a regional recruit without having started a game in his high school career.

White sat behind 2013 Alabama signee Parker McLeod as a freshman and he's No. 2 behind senior Price Wilson this fall, a dual-threat that has committed to Louisiana Tech. Aside from spot duty, his time will have to wait until the fall 2014 to be considered his own.

But not recruiting, he's already on radar at Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and at Mississippi State among other schools and he took a trip to Tuscaloosa last weekend for the Crimson Tide's showdown with rival Tennessee.

"It was great," he said. "My favorite part was sitting down and talking to Coach [Doug] Nussmeier, Coach [Kirby] Smart and Coach [Chris] Rumph.

"We were talking about how I felt about ‘Bama, how my season is going and how much the camp helped me last summer. I told them I'll be coming to the LSU game and camping next summer."

White had his eyes on his future position during the 45-10 drubbing of the Vols.

"I loved the game, Alabama killed it and it's a great environment," he said. "I was watching A.J. [McCarron] and Amari Cooper is one of my favorite players. They are the most efficient and consistent players I have ever seen."

The class of 2016 talent doesn't yet have a scholarship offer to his name, but it's Alabama that is recruiting him the hardest and stands atop his very early list of schools.

"The coaches made me feel the most special out of any college," White said. "I got to talk to Coach [Nick] Saban. No other school has let me meet a head coach yet."

Alabama on him in a steady way this early has the chance to pay big dividends for the dual-threat down the road, closer to national signing day 2016.

"Right now they are my favorite, I feel important there," he said. "I was one of the only sophomores there and three coaches sat down with me for 15 minutes and I had a quick conversation with the head coach. One knew my name as soon as I got the the stadium.

"They made me feel important to them so they're important to me and always will be now. The schools who believe in me now will be the schools that will be on my mind when time to commit."

Walton and White wrap up the 2013 regular season against Roswell (Ga.) on Friday night.


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