Ball State Class of '08: Rashaad White

BallStateInsider.com continues to highlight each player in the class of 2008 and doing a brief scouting report on each of the 23 players in the class (21 new players signed and 2 greyshirts). Today we have the twentieth of those 23 installments.

Rashad White, 5-9 205 RB, Rex, GA (Stockbridge)

What he brings: Good size and skill. Rashaad is a bowling ball with some moves. He doesn't possess quite the straight-line, run you over style that fellow freshman James Cravens has, but he has much more wiggle than Cravens. Rashaad is solidly built at rougly 210, but his weight certainly doesn't drop his speed. Not that Rashaad is a high speed guy, but he does have the necessary speed to spurt out 15 to 20 yards runs at again given time and will also be able to take it to the house on occasion. Rashaad makes quick moves in hitting the hole and doesn't seem to waste movement. He will run you over when needed, but he will also juke you as well.

Areas of improvement: Pass catching and blocking. Rashaad was a typical high school tail back. Plenty of carries, a lot of yards, but he was never asked to catch passes or block, which is normal. In order to excel in Stan Parrish's offense, Rashaad will have to learn to make plays on screen plays and also when releasing when Nate Davis doesn't have anyone open down field. Also, blitz pick up is imperative, but again, all freshman RBs will need to learn that skill.

BallStateInsider.com grade: I think Rashaad is a perfect complement to Sykes and Cravens at RB. He is right in the middle of the two in terms of what he does. With that said, I think that White could have the greatest upside of any of the three RBs in this class.


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