ND Keeping Tabs On White

Notre Dame has yet to offer a running back in the class-of-2010. One player they've been seeing a lot of lately is Austin White.

The Livonia, Mich., product and Stevenson High standout attended the Irish-Michigan game on Sept. 13th. The following Friday, Corwin Brown and Jappy Oliver were at Austin White's game to watch him run for 103 yards and four touchdowns.

"I talked to them and they seem pretty excited, but it's, I have to keep working," the 6-foot, 190-pound White said. "It's still early. It's the work I have to put in, and I have to see what happens this season."

While White's right, it's still very early in the recruiting process, he's already earned written scholarship offers from Michigan and Michigan State. Notre Dame and Wisconsin are two of the many programs showing strong interest.

White camped at several places this summer including Notre Dame. He keeps in touch with Brown through email or over the phone at least once every other week. The Irish's 35-17 victory over Michigan was his second time in South Bend.

"The environment around the stadium was really fun," White said. He attended the game with his mother. "It rained a little bit, but other than that it was real fun and everything.

Before the game, White and the many other recruits in attendance met inside the Guglielmino Athletics Complex (the football offices and facilities), and head coach Charlie Weis came in and spoke briefly. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick also made an appearance. Following the game, White spoke with Brown and Oliver before leaving.

"I like Notre Dame a lot. They're a really good school. I think I could get a good education there and I think they're a great football program. I'm excited about wherever I can get a good education, that would be great."

White attended the Michigan-Utah game earlier in the season, and has already been to East Lansing twice to watch the Spartans. His older brothers Mitchell and Myles are on the Michigan State football team, and his father ran track for the school. White was at last weekend's Michigan State-Notre Dame game.

"I think they're building their program up," White said of Notre Dame. "I still have some time to think about things. I'm definitely excited about them and I think maybe I'll be able to help their team, but I have a lot of time and well see what happens."

Last season, White teamed up with his brothers to help lead Stevenson to the state's Division I state title game. He ran for 1,700 yards and 26 touchdowns. White also had four receiving scores, and was a threat in the return game, as shown by his 90-yard scoring return in the championship game loss.

So far this season, White has already rushed for 14 touchdowns, and Stevenson is off to a 3-1 start.

"I think last year, it was a little easier when I had my brothers there and other good players on the team, to take people's eyes off of me," White explained. "This year I think I'm better because I'm mixing in power with speed, and going to camps this summer helped me with a lot of fundamental stuff. And with the footwork drills I worked on over the summer, I think I'm a quicker back than I was last year."

White plans on attending this weekend's Michigan-Wisconsin game in Ann Arbor. He could make it back to Notre Dame again this fall.

"If I get a chance yeah, but it all just really depends on how much time I have," White said.

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