White Has Two Options

St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) running back James White has one official visit remaining and appears to be down to two schools. NC State remains firmly in the mix.

Despite seeing 11 of their star players take flight to talented college programs, including Conor O'Neill and Dezmen Southward to the University of Wisconsin, St. Thomas Aquinas, last year's Florida 5A state champions and mythical national championships, find themselves once again No.1 in the country.

Starting the season 6-0, Aquinas has out scored its opponents 262 to 60, 34 of which were against No.2 Byrnes S.C. in a 42-34 win on ESPNU. One of the big reasons for the Raiders' success can be pointed to their successful running game, which is headed by senior James White.

"It feels really good being on top, but you can't relax," White said. "We have to go and play every game, show our strength and move forward towards getting another championship (which would be their third straight state title). We have a lot of changes from last year, but we have a lot of seniors and returning kids that make sure we practice hard every day and get better each week."

Through six games, White has 426 rushing yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry and three scores while showing he is a threat catching the ball, as well. White has 10 catches for 140 yards and four scores.

"It's going pretty good," White said. "I am doing a lot of things in the offense."

White's recruiting is about the only thing that has slowed down for the three-star running back, rated 68th at his position by Scout.com. Having already taken official visits to Iowa and Wisconsin, White is only planning on taking one more visit, to North Carolina State on November 28 when they play in-state rival North Carolina.

"Coach O'Brien is trying to bring the program up," White said. "He brought a lot of the coaching staff from Boston College. They are one of the programs that are improving in the ACC."

Getting offers from schools like Michigan State, Clemson, Boston College, Tulane, South Florida, Rutgers and Syracuse, White narrowed his favorites down to the Badgers, N.C. State and Iowa, and had narrowed his list even further due to some recent commitments.

"I don't have the Iowa offer anymore because they have all its commitments at running back," White said. "I am not disappointed because it happens. I just have to keep moving on, and I like Wisconsin and NC State."

It's evident that the Badgers like White, as well. With the Badgers likely to take one more running back, UW is making sure it has an open line of communication with White.

"I talked to Coach Partridge today (yesterday) actually," White said. "He's a real down-to-earth guy and we have a real good relationship. I had my Homecoming Game last night and we talked about that."

After White's visit to North Carolina State is complete, the only immediate goal for him is win another championship, as his commitment will happen when he feels ready.

"I am not sure when I am going to decide," White said. "I just want to go some place when I can get a good education and the opportunity when I can play where the atmosphere is a home away from home."

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