2018 Target: Zamir White

LAURINBURG, N.C. --- Veteran high school coach Richard Bailey compares Zamir White to a fellow N.C. native who is likely to be among the first running backs selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Justifying that lofty praise, the 6-foot-2, 201-pound freshman already holds offers from North Carolina and NC State.

Scouting Report

“Like I told Coach [Larry] Fedora before they offered [White], I coached Todd Gurley in the Shrine Bowl and I envision Zamir being a Todd Gurley type of player,” Bailey said. “He’s going to be bigger than Todd, because Todd was about 205 as a high school senior. Well, Zamir is 6-2, 200 right now. By the time he becomes a senior, he’s going to be 6-2, 225 and run a 4.5 [40-yard dash]. He is a rare combination of size and speed. He has good balance, vision, and if you watch his film he has that uncanny little slide cut. In today’s zone running scheme, you need to have that to be able to run that play. He also has excellent hands out of the backfield. And he’s very physical – for a ninth grader, he’s not afraid.”

Prep Career

White began his prep career on Scotland’s varsity squad as a freshman. The first time he touched the ball, he took it 65 yards into the end zone.

“It didn’t take us too long to figure out that he was going to be a pretty good player,” Bailey said.

During the course of that first season, White quickly went from backing up a returning all-conference senior to co-starter. The senior, Quadrin Williams, went on to sign with UNC Pembroke.

“By the third or fourth game, it became two series Quadrin, one series Zamir,” Bailey said. “And then by the time it got to conference [play], it was every other series [they’d rotate]. And then in the fourth quarter a lot of times it was all Zamir.

“Most of that was a learning curve of how to play on the varsity level and learning all the plays. It was a little more complicated than what he did on the middle school level. It’s very rare that a freshman on the 4A level – especially in a good program – gets to start. He’s the second [freshman running back] I’ve ever had start – the other was George Bell, who went on to Virginia Tech and was an Army All-American.”

White led Scotland in touchdowns with 18 – all scored on runs. He rushed for 1,231 yards on 155 carries (7.9-yard average).

“I always wanted to play for the Fighting Scots growing up,” White said. “But, I didn’t expect to start that early.”


While visiting North Carolina for a game in mid-November, White received his first scholarship offer.

“They called me into Coach [Larry] Fedora’s office and he said they’re really looking forward to me going there,” White said. “He basically talked to me about the school and his background.”

“After seeing his film, they just thought he was the real deal,” Bailey said. “I told Coach [Vic] Koenning. I said, ‘Hey, you need to check out this freshman kid out. He’s a freak.’ They saw him play in-person against Richmond [County] and [White] had 150 yards in the first half.”

The game – a thrilling 40-35 victory over Pittsburgh – was White’s first live college football game.

“I really liked the atmosphere and the fan base,” White said.

White also has been offered by NC State, which he visited in January.

While he’s still just taking in the recruiting process, White says that Clemson and Oregon are his early favorites.

“I like their style of play and the uniforms,” White said.

Extra Notes

White plans to run track this spring to improve his speed for football.

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