James White talks offer, familiarity

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) running back James White talked about the potential of playing for the Gophers and his best assets on the gridiron. Find out more about the players whose uncle played for the Gophers in the 1980s.

James White, a 5-foot-11, 190 pound running back from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received an offer from Minnesota last month. White, whose uncle, Craig White, played strong safety for the Gophers in ‘82 and ‘83, has been talking to running backs coach Thomas Hammock.

"I sent my tape up there and he (Craig) called to see if they saw [it]," White said. "So they sat down and watched it that same day, and they called him back and said that they would like to talk to me, and that's the day I got my offer."

White split time in the backfield last year with Gio Bernard and Beau Bucci. White ran for 638 yards on 83 carries and 13 touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 135 yards. He explains that the running back by committee was a positive experience as each back could complement the other.

"It's good to have some people that can do some things that you can't do and you can do some things that they can't do. Everyone picks up each others' slack," White said.

The St. Thomas Aquinas offense should seem familiar to Gophers fans, as it sounds very similar to the descriptions of the Gophers' new-look offense under new coordinators Jed Fisch and Tim Davis.

"We can spread it out some and we run some pro-style offense too," White said about his team's offense.

He does not have any favorites yet and he feels like he will wait to commit until he has analyzed all his options. But one thing he does know is that Minnesota has had some success producing NFL-caliber running backs.

"I know that they can produce good running backs," He said. "[Minnesota] produced two good running backs that are in the NFL, Lawrence Maroney and Marion Barber III."

White says his best assets are his burst and his patience.

"I feel I have a good burst and good vision," White said. "I have good patience… I am very patient to the hole. If there is a hole there I will get [to it] and burst through it. I feel like my burst can get me to the end zone."

That burst also comes in handy on the baseball diamond, where he plays center field. When asked about his interests in baseball, he said, "I'm a little interested, but I don't know if I am going to play in college or not."

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