Auburn On the Radar for Prospect From Florida

A report features comments with game video from a two-way high school football standout who is receiving plenty of recruiting attention from Auburn and other colleges.

Tallahassee, Fla.--Ryan White says he has a lot of scholarship offers, but adds that one of his newest is one of the most intriguing.

White, a standout senior quarterback and defensive back at Lincoln High School, says he is excited about being recruited by Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn football Tigers.

"I was playing in a game about a month ago and there was a coach from Auburn there, Coach (Phillip) Lolley, to watch me play," says White. "I didn't know who he was at the time. I had a good game. I passed for two touchdowns and ran for two and he must have liked what he saw because Auburn started recruiting me after that."

White, who notes that he checks in at 5-11, 185 pounds, says the interest is mutual.

"I like Auburn because it is in the SEC and it is also close to home," he says. "It is about two hours from Atlanta and about three to four hours from Tallahassee."

White is originally from Marietta, Ga., and his mother still lives there. He moved to Tallahassee for his junior year at Lincoln.

He says his priorities in a college include strong academics, location and finding a "family-oriented" program. "I am also looking for a place where the coaches can help develop you to get ready for the next level and I think Auburn is a place that can do that," he says.

White notes that he has around 15 scholarship offers and there are a variety of colleges he likes in addition to Auburn, which he says is recruiting him as both a QB and defensive back.

In the SEC he notes that he is looking at Arkansas and Ole Miss. "Arkansas is far enough away from home, but it is not too far away," he says. "Also, I think the program there is improving. They have been doing good things with Ryan Mallett at quarterback." He notes that Ole Miss is an interesting program, too, and he is building a level of trust with the coaching staff there.

In the ACC he is looking at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. "They are recruiting me at quarterback to run their option offense," he says. "I like them. I wish they would open it up a little more because they run almost every play."

White says he has an official visit to Southern Miss set up for Jan 8th where his cousin, Tre Maddox, is a freshman on the football. "We grew up playing together," White says.

He says that he plans to visit North Carolina a week after that and then plans to take an official visit to Auburn the following week.

Ryan White

A two-sport athlete, White runs the 100 and 200 meters in track and is also on the 4x100 relay at Lincoln. He says his best time as a junior in the 100 meters was 10.9 seconds.

White spent most of his time as a senior on the field at quarterback. "I played defense, too, in the state playoffs because we had some young guys in the secondary," he says. "I played cornerback situationally and would cover the other team's best receiver."

He says that Lincoln had a "pretty good season," reaching the third round of the playoffs, but notes that with the school being a football power that team always hope to do more. The Trojans defeated Ed White of Jacksonville in the opening round 36-21 and defeated Columbia of Lake City 20-14 the following week. In round three Lincoln fell 35-21 to Niceville.

"We had a lot of young guys on the team this year and we also got hit hard by injuries," White points out. "It also hurt that our star running back, Javaris Allen, broke his leg and missed the season. He is a guy who already has a lot of scholarship offers."

Academically, White notes that he is interested in studying in business marketing in college and says he is taking some honors classes at Lincoln.

Asked if he has a favorite, he says he is keeping an open mind, but adds that Auburn is beginning to stand out in the crowd of colleges interested in signing him.



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