Springhill, La., North Webster star Devin White (6-0, 240) - a four-star prospect and the cousin of current Razorback wide receiver Jared Cornelius - was one of several 2016 prospects in Fayetteville on unofficial visits.
“This was my third time up there and I always feel the love from the coaches and the fans when I come to Arkansas,” White said Sunday. “I had a great time and just got to chill a little and talk to the coaches.”
White rushed for over 2,500 yards and 35 touchdowns this past 10-4 season, including one game in which he racked up a whopping 389 yards.
“There are a lot of schools that want me as a running back and a lot that want me as a linebacker,” White said. “Coach Bielema and I talked at halftime of the basketball game on Saturday and he made it clear that I would be a running back for him.
“He also made it clear that I could come right in and have an impact right away,” added White, who is ranked as the 184th best player in the 2016 class and the seventh-best middle linebacker prospect by Scout.com.
Bielema has some cache when it comes to running backs having coached current NFL player Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon, who is a likely first round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
“The fact that he thinks I can be a back like that says a lot because he’s recruited those guys like Melvin Gordon and has developed them and help them have a great deal of success,” White said. “He’s done it with guys that are in the NFL and loves to pound it.”
White - who made the trip with North Webster junior wide receiver Xavious Eason - got a chance to also spend time with new Razorback running back coach Jemal Singleton and Arkansas assistant Michael Smith.
“I got a chance to visit with Coach Singleton and he really seems like a great coach and a great guy,” White said. “He was just very impressive. Coach Smith is a great guy, too, and he is always saying you are going to be the next great Razorback from Louisiana."
White has offers from virtually every SEC school, including Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and many others.
He is hoping to get to college early.
“Right now I am trying my best to be a mid-term graduate and if that works out, then I would need to make a decision by December or so,” White said.
“If it doesn’t and I have to wait to May, obviously that might push it back a little,” White added. “I just want to be sure it’s the right place for me.”