Auburn Coaches Visit Charles Henderson

Football prospect Jawara White discusses recruiting, a visit from the Auburn coaches and his track season.

Troy, Ala.--On day two of their "Tiger Prowl," Auburn's football coaches traded their Cadillac limo for a Hummer limo as they made stops at high schools in the wiregrass and central part of the state of Alabama, including Charles Henderson High.

Seven Auburn assistant coaches traveling together stopped in Troy, home of one of the state's top prospects--linebacker Jawara White.

"They came by and talked to my football coach," White says. "I was in class. I don't know which of the coaches it was that came by. I was in class the whole time."

Rather than pulling White out of class like some college coaches might do to create "bump" situation with the prospect, the Auburn staff spoke only with the CHHS coaches, White notes. College assistant coaches are not allowed to talk with prospects while on their spring evaluation visits. Head coaches are no longer allowed on the road during this spring evaluation period due to recently passed legislation known as the "Saban Rule," named in honor of the head coach at the University of Alabama.

After the Auburn coaches left Troy, White spoke with his head coach about the visit with the Auburn staff.

"We talked about it a little bit, but it wasn't much," the linebacker prospect says. "He said that they were asking about my grades and stuff, that's all."

After visiting high schools in the Mobile area on Monday, Auburn's coaches moved into the Wiregrass area on Tuesday. The list of scheduled stops included Enterprise High, Greenville High and a pair of schools in Montgomery, Carver and Jeff Davis. The Auburn assistant coaches are expected to continue their "Tiger Prowl" on Wednesday and Thursday.

Despite White not getting to speak with the Auburn coaches on Tuesday, he has been in contact with them recently.

"I have been maybe two or three times," White says of spring visits to the Auburn campus. "First of all, they're great coaches. Not only great coaches, but they're great people. They've all got a great personality. Each one of them has a different personality, which is great."

White has offers from numerous schools around the southeast. He says he has an idea of some of his top schools, but is staying open with signing day more than eight months away.

"I do, but I don't," White responds when asked if he has a list of favorites. "I'm not trying to make any decision too soon."

White has been to both of the in-state SEC schools this spring and is hoping to get out more this summer than he has recently.

"I haven't had a chance to really go anywhere," he explains. "I've been busy with Nike training camp, a camp and track. Track keeps me busy mostly. I haven't ventured out much really. I've been getting my grades and doing what I've got to do with track."

Spring practice at Charles Henderson begins on Monday, but White is currently focused on his track team assignment.

"I could have been going to the state in the triple jump," White explains, "but what happened in sectionals was that it was during the 4x100. By the time I got done with the 4x100 the guy wasn't over there at the triple jump anymore so I couldn't triple jump. I was disappointed and the only event I'm doing in the state this year is the 4x100. I've been doing that every year since my ninth grade year. Last year we won and hopefully we we'll win it again this year. It'll be this Friday and Saturday.

"My best 100 time is a 10.86, but I'm normally a 10.9," he adds. "The reason I got a 10.86 is because I actually took off out of the blocks like I'm supposed to."

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