Three Lead for White

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) tailback James White is one of the Sunshine State's top prospects and NC State is one of the main contenders for his commitment. Pack Pride has the latest on his recruitment.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Thomas Aquinas is having another stellar season, so you'll have to forgive three-star running back James White if he hasn't turned all of his focus to the recruiting process just yet.

In spite of White's focus on his senior year, he has managed to get some work done to help him through the recruiting process. His first official visit was to Wisconsin in early September, so he knows what to expect on those trips.

He has one more trip set up so far, and that's to NC State for the Pack's last home game of the year. The atmosphere in Carter-Finley Stadium should be good, as the Heels will be in town.

"I'm taking an official there when they play North Carolina, yes," he said. "I talked with coach (Tom) O'Brien last weekend and I've been talking to coach (Mike) Archer almost every week.

"They're just telling me I can come in early and contribute to the team. They need players that are going to make a difference and I can help them."

So far the promise of early playing time is paying off for the Pack.

"Right now I see they play a true freshman running back, and he rotates with two other running backs. They're not scared to play a freshman if he's good enough and I really like that. They've also got two seniors that are leaving, so I could come in and play."

White said he might be taking an official visit to Clemson on November 7, but he isn't sure about that. Clemson takes on Florida State that weekend, so it would be another intense game for him to attend.

So what did he think of the Wisconsin trip now that he has had more than a month to reflect on that trip?

"Well, that was my first official visit and it was real good. They've got a program on the rise and coach (Bret) Bielema is bringing in a lot of good players. They brought in two players from my school last year. They redshirted and they're going to turn out to be good players."

White said NC State, Clemson and Wisconsin have all offered scholarships, and those are the three schools he has narrowed his focus to.

This past weekend White led Aquinas to 49-7 win over McArthur to run their record to 7-0. White accounted for 98 yards on just six carries (16.3 yards per carry) and scored a touchdown. He is rated a three star prospect and the No. 68 running back in the nation by Scout.com.


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