Huskers high on Golden State safety

Having offers already on the table from Nebraska, Washington State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Boise State and others, three star safety prospect Lester White out of Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North says there is no doubt who is recruiting him the hardest. Big Red Report got in touch with White to get his thoughts on his recruitment to this point.

Lester White, the 6-foot-2 and 208-pound standout safety prospect from Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North high school is a player whose game is built on speed. He racked up 80+ tackles and five interceptions on his way to earning first team all-league as a junior in '07. He's looking for another big year in '08.

"I'm excited, our season is right around the corner," said White. "I think we have a chance to go undefeated again. We have a pretty deep team with a good mix of upper and lower classman, and a lot of our key players are seniors this year.

"I'll be playing safety, running back and I'll be returning kickoffs. I'll be a free safety on defense, we run cover-two and a lot of man, our coaches like to switch it up. I'll come down and play in the box some too, and do some blitzing, just whatever they want me to do to make plays."

With solid offers so far, and more seemingly on the way, White said he'll look to take officials before he declares a leader.

"I haven't been able to take any visits yet, so I'm going to go visit these schools to see how much I like the campuses and stuff. I need to meet all the coaches face to face. I also need to see how good their strength and conditioning programs are. I'll make my decision off of all that stuff.

"Since I haven't visited any of these schools yet I'd say they are all the same right now, I really can't name any clear favorites."

Sometimes distance from home can play a factor for a player, but Lester says he could handle it.

"My family will be happy with me if I choose a good school no matter where it is. There are some members of my family that want me to stay closer so they can come to the game, but they aren't pressuring me."

But if you are asking me, I will go anywhere really. Distance won't be a factor for me. I'm not one of those guys that needs to stay close to home or that'll get homesick, I'm just not one of those guys."

One thing is for sure, when asked what team was recruiting him the hardest, White didn't hesitate in answering.

"Easily Nebraska, definitely the Cornhuskers. Since I got the offer from Nebraska, they've been sending me a lot of hand written letters. I try to stay in touch with the Nebraska coaches too."

Bo Pelini's brother, Carl Pelini, came to my school and talked to me. I really like him a lot, he is a pretty cool guy. He said they like me at safety because of my hard-hitting and my ability to make big plays. They've also told me a lot about the Blackshirt tradition, and I really like that a lot!"

Apparently White is aware of Nebraska's new head coach and his defensive background, and says it makes the Huskers very attractive.

"Having a defensive head coach like Bo Pelini does put Nebraska ahead a little, he really knows what he is talking about. I'll be playing defense in college, and he seems to be able to get the most out of his players. That's definitely a good thing for Nebraska. I'm really looking forward to visiting Nebraska."

Lester said he will probably wait until after his season to take officials. He did say "if I got the right feeling on a visit" he would commit on the spot, if not he would be willing to wait until signing day. Lester White also reports a track time of 10.9 in the 100 meter.

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