Texas Speed

Take an in-depth look at one of the Tide's top signees from the Lone Star State.

DeAndrew White
Scout.com Rating: Four-Star
Size: 6-foot, 170-pounds
Hometown: North Shore High School
Galena Park, Texas
Projected Position at UA: Wide Receiver

Stats: White caught 38 passes for 938 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior season. He made 41 catches for 603 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009.

Commit Date: 10/12/09
Recruiting Competition: Florida, LSU, Oklahoma

Why Alabama: "The academics were really important to me. Alabama has a high graduation rate. I watched Julio Jones have an outstanding season last year as a freshman. I noticed that Alabama will play their freshman. That's what I really liked."

"The coaches and players are wonderful. I loved the atmosphere. I didn't want to leave and come back home to Houston. I knew that Alabama was the place for me. I felt at home as soon as I got there."

Strengths/Improvements: "I have great speed and very good hands. I can make all kinds of catches and can't really be caught. I'm very elusive, but I need to improve my blocking."

Coach Quotes (Head Coach David Aymond): "DeAndrew's a playmaker/ Every time he touches the ball he has a chance to take it for six. He's a game changer. When you possess the kind of exceptional speed DeAndrew has, you're going to receive a lot of attention.

"He was the state champion in the 200 meter dash last year as a junior at the top classification (5A) in the state. It's his speed that sets him apart. A lot of players are sure-handed and can run excellent routes, but very few have the kind of breakaway speed of DeAndrew. When you do there'll be a lot of people seeking your services.

"This past season, DeAndrew received a lot of attention from opposing defenses. He came into games as a marked man and was the guy everybody wanted to stop. With that kind of recognition, he'd try to turn every play into a big play.

"The recruiting process was going on with a lot of teams coming to look at him. So, I think he put a lot on himself to make things happen instead of letting the game come to him. Those factors worked against him in being able to duplicate the big offensive numbers he had as a junior, but the effort was certainly there and he made several outstanding plays for us in big games.

"I think it's a good union. Coach Saban came in and talked to DeAndrew about academics, what his role would be as a student/athlete representing the Alabama football program. I was very impressed with him.

"Some of the other recruiters made a lot of on-the-field promises about you'd become an All-American and what contracts you'll be signing in a few years at the next level, but Coach Saban didn't talk about any of that. He spoke of building character and becoming a solid citizen and that was the image he wanted for the player's of his program. I think that made a big impression on DeAndrew, who had already heard many other coaches' best pitch to go to their school."

"He's a good person who everybody likes. He doesn't have an over-inflated ego and has shown good character. As a player, he was very coachable."

Andrew Bone says: White enters as one of the fastest players in the Tide's recruiting class. He is a game changer and a go-to type player. He makes difficult catches look easy and can make defenders miss. He has the athletic ability to compete for early playing time in Tuscaloosa.

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

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