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The Vandals recruited another solid class this year (ranked among the top in the WAC by Scout) featuring balance on both sides of the ball. The class includes 3-star recruit COREY WHITE out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, rated the #58 runningback prospect in the country by this year. He'll get his shot at immediate playing time this fall for the Vandals, and is ready to go.

This story was compiled from a number of sources, including previous stories, new Scout information, and published data and stats on Corey's performance as a high school athlete.

Player Profile: Corey White, 5-8, 195, RB

Earlier this week first-year Idaho head coach Robb Akey received outstanding news when Corey White, a player Akey had been recruiting since his days at Washington State, sent a signed National Letter of Intent to the Vandals. Since 2004 Idaho has had the good fortune to land some exceptional runningback talent, including: Jayson Bird (2004, All-Sun Belt selection as true freshman), Brian Flowers (2006, 3-star, JC Gridwire All-American), Andre Harris (2006, 3-Star, #54 Scout, #49 ESPN, #23 Rivals, #5 Tailback USA Today / Max Emfinger), as well as an impressive list of others.

"I committed [to Idaho] the Sunday before I left from my visit [4 February 2007]," Corey told recently. "The week before that I was at New Mexico and the week before that I was at Colorado State, and I had an unofficial to the University of Washington before that. I also had received a scholarship offer from UNI (University of Northern Iowa)."

He had a whirl-wind recruiting season this year. At various times he held offers from Washington, Colorado State, Boise State, Wyoming and others. In the end, as recruiting rosters were filled for several of the programs and a few of the offers were rescinded, the Fab50 runningback who was a three-time all-Sunset League selection and All-Southern Nevada selection as a junior signed with the Vandals on his visit to the Idaho campus.

For the second year in a row, a nationally ranked runningback signed with the Vandals, making the runningback depth chart one of the strongest and deepest on the team, and a unit to be reckoned with in the WAC.

Asked why he chose Idaho, White stated simply, "My relationship with the coaches. I mean I really like coach Akey. He was recruiting me while he was at Washington State and I really like his persona. He's got an aura about him. He's just cool with the players. He's not the type of head coach that keeps his door closed and lets the assistants deal with the players. I like that about him. I like all the coaches on the staff. They all came up to me when I was down there."

For his career at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) White gained 2,875 career rushing yards on 351 carries, and scored 28 career touchdowns. As a senior, he carried the ball 191 times for 1,314 yards (12 TDs, 6.87 yards per carry). As a junior, sharing the backfield with one of the top runningback recruits in the country, he recorded an impressive 865 yards on 68 carries (10 TDs, 12.7 yards per carry). He also had the good fortune of running behind Arizona State commit Po'u Palelei, a 2006 U.S. Army All-American who's ranked by as the ninth best offensive guard in the nation.

"I have really good vision and a great combination of quickness, speed and power," he told last year heading into his senior season. "I'm also really elusive. I want to improve my hands and bulk up so I can play more physical."

Asked about what he will be bringing to Idaho, White said, "I think I'll bring some consistency in the running game. I'll be able to strike from long distance, and just bring a new feel to the offense. Hopefully I'll be able to start for four years and get ready."

Bishop Gorman Head Coach David White told Scout, "Corey is an explosive runner. He has a great combination of quickness and power. As the backup to the No. 1 running back in the nation (DeMarco Murray), he still rushed for over 800 yards with a 12.7 average. He is a tremendous competitor both on the field and in the classroom. He is the leader of our team in 2006 and the best person you could meet."

He spent most of his visit at the University of Idaho with Tracy Ford and Shiloh Keo. Obviously competing in the WAC was a topic of conversation. "Yeah, I'm excited," he told Scout. "I'm definitely excited. I just got off the phone with Coach Axeman about 30 minutes ago. There is a very good probability that I won't redshirt the first year, so I'm lookin' forward to that first game in the Coliseum, playing against USC in the first game of the season next year."

He has family playing at various Division 1A schools, including a cousin who plays in the WAC and a brother at Oregon. His reply after being asked if there is a particular team he's looking forward to playing? "I definitely want to beat the Boise Broncos," he said. "My cousin (Rashaun Scot) plays a little corner there. He'll be a senior next year, so I was asking him about Idaho. My older brother goes to the University of Oregon and he just told me wherever I felt I would fit in best; the whole playing-time-early situation, he liked it. I also asked my cousin in Boise, as it's an in-state rivalry. My brother, my high school coach, and my cousin were most instrumental in my decision. My cousin told me he was gonna whoop my butt, so I'm looking forward to playing against him for the first time ever, out there on the Blue Turf."

Asked about the Idaho campus, White said, "I actually didn't know the history of the Dome. I really liked it. It's cool up there. They have the Dome, and a really nice outside practice field. The weight room with glass windows… The campus is really nice; it's a college town. I mean, Moscow is eight or nine miles away from Pullman where Washington State is, so I'll hang out with some Washington State guys too. I like the rivalry feel there."

Playing time early was an important factor in Corey's decision. "Yeah, I'm really excited. I'm pretty sure I'll get in there and start working with the strength coaches. I'm pretty big for my age. Right now I'm 5'8, almost 5'9, 200 pounds, and I'm pretty solid. My bench is up and I run low 4.5's. With the training professionals there I should be able to take it up a notch. So, I'm excited."

He'll probably get to Idaho sometime during the summer and will be ready to play immediately. "I know the JC guys are going up there in April, but I'm a young guy. I don't even turn eighteen until July. I graduate in May, so I know my family is going to want me to stick around for a little bit. I'm looking to get out there early and start competing."

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