One of the more impressive running backs from 2008 was Jacksonville (NC) White Oak tailback Tamari White. At 5-11, 180 pounds, White tallied close to 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior en route to all-area and all-conference honors.
Solidly built on a compact frame, White displays an impressive assortment of skills when watching him on film. He hits the hole extremely hard and wastes little time in reaching his top speed. Quicker than fast, White reads his blocks well and shows good instincts in squeezing the most out of each play. He uses his quick feet to sidestep defenders and doesn’t mind lowering his shoulder and delivering a blow at the end of a play. Because of his size and quickness, it’s certainly possible that White could get some looks at cornerback before all is said and done.
However, it was on offense where White made a splash last season and when all was said and done, the rising senior felt he put together a solid year.
“It was a good season,” he said. “We started out with high expectations but fell short in about three games that we should have won. Personally, I had a good year. I averaged about 6.6 yards per carry. We have a lot returning players so we should be a pretty good team next year.”
On the recruiting front, White is still waiting on his first scholarship offer but he is hearing from a number of schools.
“I’m hearing from NC State, Duke, NC A&T, NC Central and Pembroke. A couple of the schools have told me they have high interest in me but I haven’t gotten any offers yet.”
White was in Carter-Finley stadium last year for a game and made it back recently for the Wolfpack’s junior day. So what does he think of the Pack thus far?
“NC State, I have a lot of interest in them. I’ve been to their school multiple times. I like the coaching staff and their program looks like it’s accelerating. I’d like to be a part of that program. They’re recruiting me as a running back.”