Linebacker Prospect Checks Out the Tigers

A 2010 football prospect discusses his visit to Auburn and the recruiting process.

Troy, Ala.--Charles Henderson High School standout Jawara White says his focus is still on high school football more than the college recruiting process.

A 2010 prospect who is expected to be one of the top high school linebackers in the state this fall, White visited Auburn University's Sunday evening football practice with his head coach at Charles Henderson, Hugh Fountain.

"The contact is the thing that really stood out about what I saw," White tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I liked the practice."

White watched the Tigers in the fourth of 15 spring practices under new head coach Gene Chizik and his staff. The linebacker says he got a kick out of watching two of his former teammates on the practice field, safety Zac Etheridge and walk-on quarterback Brent Poole.

Gilbert is recovering from shoulder surgery and is not allowed to have contact work, but is able to participate in some drills.

"Zac and Brent were the other things I noticed," White says. "Brent messed up. He fumbled a snap and I gave him a hard time about that."

Prior to Charles Henderson starting spring practice in May, the six-foot-one linebacker has been working on getting stronger and bigger. He has added 10 pounds of muscle since last fall and is up to 217 pounds.

On his trip to Auburn he got a chance to meet with Chizik and Ted Roof, Auburn's new defensive coordinator, who also coaches linebackers. "They are pretty straight up guys," White says.

White got an early scholarship offer last year from the former Auburn coaching staff after being a standout at an AU summer camp. Chizik's group would like to sign White with linebackers a major priority for Auburn's 2010 signee class.

"I think I have around five or six offers," White says. "I think the latest ones were from South Alabama and Ole Miss."

White emphasizes he is no hurry to make a decision and that he doesn't have an early leader. "I am wide open," he says.

"Right now I am not thinking about it too much," he adds. "I am just worried about getting through what my teammates and I are going through and then I will worry about college."

When he does head for college, the linebacker says he is thinking about majoring in "some type of education." He notes, "I like working with kids."


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