It was almost a year ago that Devin White arrived at LSU's camp an unknown on the recruiting trail.
But it didn't take long for everyone to learn his name. Built as if he was designed out of a SEC running back catalog, White impressed everybody that saw him during that June camp, including the LSU coaches.
They came through with a scholarship offer before he left town, which was his first at the time. Within a couple weeks, White also had an offer from Alabama and he shot up the recruiting rankings, landing a four-star rating.
So how different are things a year later? White's no longer an unknown.
"More people know me now," White said. "I'm expected to do more, and I'm living up to it because I work hard."
White spent most of his spring on the track, finishing eighth in the 3A 200m dash at the state championship meet. At 6-foot-1, he said he currently weighs 230 pounds, though he plans to get back down to 225 by football season.
He's also had the pleasure of seeing several top programs visit his school during the evaluation period. Florida, LSU and Alabama are some of the big schools to stop by, and White looks forward to seeing more before the period ends.
He said he's developed a strong relationship with his lead recruiters from LSU — area recruiter Steve Ensminger and Frank Wilson, his possible position coach.
"They're some good men," White said. "They look out for me. No matter where I go, they want to see me to succeed. They know what kind of future I can have and will have if everything stays straight."
The last time White visited LSU's campus was earlier this spring after a photo shoot in New Orleans. He and his mother made a stop in Baton Rouge on their way back home, so she could spend time with the coaches.
White said he probably won't be able to make it for the Bayou Picnic on May 31, but he will definitely be in attendance for the Elite Camp this July.
As for the rest of his summer visits…
"I haven't mapped it out yet, but I'll probably be all around the world this year," White said.
As White's celebrity has grown in terms of Louisiana recruiting, so to have his relationships with the state's other top prospects. He said he's grown closer with a pair of LSU's 2014 five-star signees, and he and his fellow 2016 prospects have already started discussing the idea of playing together on the next level.
"Leonard Fournette, me and him talk," White said. "Malachi and I played each other in basketball, so we got a little thing going. They just show me how to be humble and how to take it all in and how to handle everything…
"[The other 2016 recruits], they're like brothers to me," White said. "Most of them want to go with me and build a national championship team somewhere. We basically have all the same schools looking at us, so we can maybe make that happen in the near future."
That certainly sounds like good news for LSU, as they have big plans for the 2016 class with so much talent in the state. White would be a big piece to that puzzle, and he hasn't ruled out making a decision within the next few months.
"I was thinking at the end of this summer, but it might go into next year," White said. "It just depends on how fast this all goes. I don't want to rush it. I want to take my time. But I do want to get it over with so I can focus on my high school football career."
White's living up to expectations
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