Running Back White Popular With Colleges

It is difficult recruiting top talent out of the state of Michigan, especially when the two state schools are doing well in football. But new defensive line coach Keith Gilmore has numerous connections in Michigan, and he is trying to attract star running back Austin White away from his home state.

Austin White is a top running back for Stevenson High School in Livonia, Michigan. He is given four stars by Scout, and he has numerous top schools recruiting him. He spoke at a recent Scout 7 on 7 camp at Columbus, Ohio.

"This is my first camp. I think it's cool."

A large contingent of Michigan athletes attended the camp, enough for two teams in the 7 on 7 competition. When he wasn't running pass routes, he was getting his first chance to play safety. He excelled at both.

"It's great competition and good to see all the guys around the state of Michigan competing and having a good time. It's good to get everyone from Michigan playing together on the same team."

White already has numerous college offers, with more likely on the way during the May evaluation period.

"Right now, I have several written offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Akron and a verbal from Bowling Green. And then I've been in contact with Oregon, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama and Florida State."

The intelligent and personable White is in no hurry to choose a school.

"It'll be nice to get to see some of the different places and go to some of the camps. I want to have a good feel for what's out there and where I feel most comfortable. I just want to take some visits and see some other schools."

Austin attended a Junior Day at Illinois during the basketball season, so he is giving the Illini consideration despite having two brothers at Michigan State and with Michigan beating down his door.

"Coach (Keith) Gilmore is my recruiting coach for Illinois. I talk to him a decent amount. I like him a lot. He seems like a real cool guy. He told me he's only been there a month or so. He's definitely a good coach, and he's a good guy.

"And then the running back coach Reggie Mitchell, I like him a lot too. He's a real cool guy, a real down to earth guy."

The 6'-0", 186 pounder with 4.45 speed in the 40 yard dash is looking forward to his senior season at Stevenson.

"We should be pretty good. We return our six starting linemen, so that's a good core. We have some work to do, but everyone's working real hard."


Illini Inquirer Top Stories