BuffPlayBook.com will be producing an exclusive feature on current Colorado Commitments called "What the Experts Say: about each pledge for Coach Mike MacIntyre's 2014 recruiting class.
We will visit with several regional recruiting experts to get their take, their high school's head coach and the staff of BuffPlayBook.com. This is the type of coverage and analyst that you won't be able to find anywhere else.
In our first feature we will look at Colorado's own Evan White of Cherokee Trail HS in Aurora.
White, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete plays both sides of the ball for his head coach Monty Thelen. Evan is currently rated a two prospect and hasn't been ranked so far at the safety position. His offers include Colorado, Colorado State and New Mexico State.
COACH MONTY THELEN'S THOUGHTS OF EVAN WHITE: Evan is a dynamic player that can play up on the line of scrimmage coming off the edge and is able to play any position in the defensive backfield. You don't see that very often, he brings those skills sets to any team he plays for.
He is a physical player and a tall athlete who can run really well. That has a lot of college coaches talking about him playing on the defensive side of the ball. Colorado has mentioned playing safety and even the possibility of playing corner.
Evan is an accomplished track athlete and is currently a member of his school's state championship track team. He does a great job in almost everything he does.
SCOUT.COM RECRUITING ANALYST AND COLORADO EXPERT JEFF STROUD'S THOUGHTS OF EVAN WHITE.
Evan White, Long safety, who in a few years of weights could become an imposing force. In high school he is good in and out of the box. In college, he will have to improve his speed to keep up with Pac 12 receivers. Relatively early in his career White should be a solid special team's contributor. White's length and instincts should eventually put him in a position to compete for a starting position.
Jeff is one of the two publishers of PrepColorado.com, the Fox Sports/Scout.com site for Colorado High School Athletics.
SCOUT.COM RECRUITING ANALYST AND COLORADO EXPERT JASON JEWELL'S THOUGHTS ON EVAN WHITE.
Versatile is probably the best way to describe Evan White. He standouts on film because he can do so much. He is a ballhawk in the secondary, but is not scared to come up and hit you in the run game. There are a lot of high school DBs that get labeled as "cover guys", I think Evan could play either safety spot because he can cover and is big enough to play in the box in the run game. He is also a very good receiver for Cherokee Trail. At 6-3 190, White has what all college coaches want, length. Big, long defensive backs are a premium in recruiting and that is exactly what White is.
BUFFPLAYBOOK.COM PUBLISHER JAMES BRYANT'S TAKE ON EVAN WHITE:
Evan is a very talented player with a ton of upside. You can't teach being 6-foot-3, he is very physical for his size and his versatility of being able to play a lot of different positions will be a valued asset when he arrives at Colorado. While he is currently ranked a two star, my thoughts on that is that he hasn't been rated at a position yet. From what I have seen of Evan in person and by watching video, he has a quick burst, great hips and has the ability to play a lot of different positions in the defensive back field. I also think if he continues to grow he could be an outstanding outside linebacker. I do expect him to be an early contributor on special teams and he will definitely help increase the athleticism on this team. He has great speed for an athlete his size. He moves sideline from sideline better than most. When he arrives to make a tackle the ball carrier knows it, that's how physical he can be.
BUFFPLAYBOOK'S OVERALL RANKING FOR EVAN WHITE OUT OF THE EIGHT CURRENT COMMITMENTS:
I have been impressed with this recruiting class so far, this is a tough one to rank but I have to go with White being ranked the third best in the 2014 recruiting class thus far. Mainly because of his size and overall speed and physical play. How he adjust to the speed of the game at the college level will determine if he plays early next fall or if he will redshirt. I'm feeling that he will play early.
James Bryant has been in the recruiting business for over 10 years, prior to that he spent five years as a student assistant, grad assistant and restricting earnings coach in Football at the College Level. Including serving as Director of Football Operations and Recruiting Coordinator at the junior college level.
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