Arguably the most heralded and anticipated member of the LSU Class of 2013, Tre'Davious White recently added another honor to his name this week when The Shreveport Times dubbed him the area's Male Athlete of the Year.
The recognition served as validation for the Green Oaks standout.
"It means a lot," White told TSD. "All my hard work and dedication over the last four years, it just showed that it paid off. All the workouts and getting up early, it's paying off."
But, despite all of his accolades and widespread talk about White's projected playing time as a freshman, the cornerback has a level head on his shoulders, especially when it comes to expectations for his first season in Baton Rouge.
"I just want to come in and contribute in any way that I can, whether it's special teams or coming in on nickel and dime packages or something like that," explained White. "It doesn't matter to me. I just want to contribute and be an asset to the team."
White, who said he's currently standing at 5-11 and 177 pounds, has been preparing all offseason for the day he and the other signees report – next Friday, June 7.
According to White, the workout regimen that strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt provided has him in good shape. He feels it should have him and the rest of the signees on par with where the current Tigers are when they arrive on campus.
"Yeah, after we signed in February, about a week after that, they sent out a Phase One workout," White detailed. "I completed Phase One and I'm onto Phase Two, that's what the team's doing right now. So we're basically doing what the team's doing right now so we can be ready when we get down there to report next Friday."
White continued, saying for him it's all about conditioning for the time being. Adding muscle to his frame and the process of bulking up some will come later.
"I'm in good shape right now because the conditioning workout they've had us doing is top of the line, and the weight workout will kill you," White said with a laugh. "Basically they weren't worried about the strength or weight gain or any of that stuff for me. They just want everybody to come in in shape. That's the main thing because you've got that 110 conditioning when you first get down there.
"They said later, after you get here, they'll put the weight on you and get you stronger. So they haven't been worried about that yet."
The Shreveport native indicated he knows who two of his roommates will be but is unsure of the third. White will be bunking with tight end Desean Smith and defender Melvin Jones.
Taking into consideration the whole picture, from getting used to the football side to moving to a new town to getting more familiar with his teammates, White seemed anxious to dig in and get started.
"Well, I just want to get down there and get acclimated with the program and see how Coach Moffitt works because we're going to be with him for basically the next two or three months," continued White. "So I'm excited to get in and see how everything is and get around everybody and try to see where I fit in."
Leading up until June 7, the day when signees report, TSD is breaking down each one with analysis and the latest on their preparation for LSU. In case you missed any of our previous updates, the full list is below:
DE Michael Patterson
DE Lewis Neal
DE Tashawn Bower
WR Kevin Spears
OL K.J. Malone
LB Kendell Beckwith
Signee Update: Tre'Davious White
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