ORLANDO, Fla. --- For 6-foot-4, 195-pound receiver Darius White, the Under Armour Bowl week represents more than just a chance to showcase skills alongside some of the nation’s top talent.
During Saturday’s game, White will announce where he will be attending college, a race that is down to four final teams.
“I still want to go ahead and make the decision at the game, and it will be between LSU, Texas, Oklahoma State and Florida,” he said. “I have honestly not made my mind up yet, and I can’t say the teams are in any order. Everyone is pressing on me just as hard, so it is going to be a tough call.
“I have [Thursday] and Friday to think, and Saturday I am going to sit down and talk with my mom about everything. Wherever I choose, she will be fine with it. She would come to every game even if it was in Alaska.”
The Tigers, who once had former wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy on White, have moved a new staff member onto the Lone Star standout.
“Coach [Don] Yanowsky is always sending me messages through Facebook and staying on me in different ways,” White said. “I also know that Billy Gonzales, who was the wide receivers coach at Florida, is now at LSU, but I have not talked with him since he has been in Baton Rouge.”
In Orlando at the Under Armour All-American game, White is getting more familiar with the Tigers through a number of the current commitments.
“Evan [Washington] is a good friend of mine from AAU basketball back in the day, and he talks about LSU all the time,” he said. “He sat next to me on the plane, and he told me that, no matter who I decided on, I should check out Baton Rouge in January.
“Justin Hunter is also on my team, and he is a really funny dude,” he added. “The LSU guys are definitely all really good.”
Yet, of his remaining schools, White spoke with the most enthusiasm for the Cowboys.
“Oklahoma State had a good season this year, and they have a great engineering program, which is something that I am very interested in,” he said. “I have a friend there as well, and he used to be the quarterback for me at Dunbar High. He doesn’t put too much pressure on me, though. He just tells me to follow my heart.”
With only a few days before his decision is handed down, what are the major pulling factors that could sway White’s mind?
“The chance to play early is big,” he said. “If I go in and do my work, then I want to be on the field.”
While White has visited Texas and Oklahoma State on official visits within the last two months, the five-star wide out has not made trips to Florida or LSU during his recruitment.