The Tigers return to the practice field Saturday, March 7, and TSD will have wall-to-wall coverage as we get our first glimpse of LSU. For the better part of the last two weeks, we’ve been previewing LSU with a countdown of the top Tigers.
So far we’ve featured:
No. 3 Jamal Adams
Today we highlight No. 2 Tre’Davious White, a third-year corner that’s solidified himself as one of the best defensive backs in the SEC.
WHAT HE’S DONE SO FAR
White was one of the first recruits to commit to LSU in the 2013 class. He finished the cycle as a four-star prospect, the No. 6 corner nationally and the No. 1 overall player in the state. And White didn’t waste much time to start living up to his lofty recruiting rankings.
He played in all 13 games as a true freshman and cemented his spot in the starting lineup by the third. He’s remained a starter ever since. He had a pair of interceptions in his first year with the Tigers. He also broke up seven passes and defended nine others, both stats led the team that season. He also had 55 tackles that year, which was good for ninth on the team.
Opposing offenses learned about White by 2014 and didn’t test him quite as often. But he did still have two more interceptions, six pass breakups and eight passes defended. He even got a sack and three tackles for loss.
White added punt returns to his responsibilities in 2014. He did return one for a touchdown, a 67-yarder against Kentucky, but he did also struggle at times. He would let some balls roll that shouldn’t, but that electric touchdown return did show what he’s capable of on special teams.
PROJECTING HIS IMPACT IN 2015
LSU returns one of the best secondaries in the country for the 2015 season, and White’s the heart of it. He’ll enter his junior year as a sure bet to be the No. 1 corner on LSU’s roster. The Tigers have had a long line of lockdown DBs, and White is definitely up in that echelon of guys like Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne.
So much of what LSU’s done defensively requires trust in the corners to live on an island. White’s proven he’s more than capable of doing just that. LSU doesn’t really keep its corners locked on one specific corner. They typically leave each one on side of the field and leave them responsible to cover who ever shows up opposite them. Again, you can feel pretty confident that White can match whomever he faces.
White will have some competition for the punt return job this year. A freshman like Donte Jackson could definitely have a case to take over that role. Though White had flashes of great return ability, he wasn’t consistent enough to lock that down entering 2015.
But if White’s only role is as LSU’s No. 1 corner, that’s something the Tigers will live with, as there aren’t many that can do it like him.