Thinking About Notre Dame

Whether it's DeSoto, Texas resident and 1987 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown making an occasional appearance at the local high school, or Notre Dame coaches making recruiting visits to the campus last year to recruit Cyrus Gray, Adrian White is sometimes given reasons to think about the Irish program.

Last Friday, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis gave Adrian White another reason to think about the school. He offered the top-100 player and four-star cornerback a scholarship.

"Me and coach Weis had a brief conversation," the 5-foot-11, 170-pound White said. "He introduced himself, we chatted for a few minutes, and he told me that I could be an impact player at Notre Dame."

A lot of programs think White can be an impact player. Besides the Irish, White has racked up scholarship offers from places like Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Nebraska.

It's easy to see why schools are heavily recruiting White. This past season for Desoto High, he had 57 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception. Back in January, the speedy defensive back showed his talents at the U.S. Army National Combine, a showcase for some of the nation's top juniors. White's performance had him leaving San Antonio as a member of's All-Combine team.

White has been hearing from some of the country's top programs for quite some time, but only recently started talking with Notre Dame.

"They got in the game late, which puts them behind the eight ball a little," White said. "I was very excited when I received the offer from the Irish.

"There are a lot of rumors out there stating that I have narrowed my choices to four or five schools. That's not the case, I am still wide open. What I have said is, that four or five schools are recruiting me really hard, but I have not eliminated anyone yet or narrowed my choices.

"I've always liked Notre Dame, they are very intriguing to me. I saw them on campus last year when they were recruiting one of our running backs, Cyrus Gray. They caught my attention then. Me and my Dad had a really good conversation with defensive coordinator Corwin Brown. We'll definitely put Notre Dame in the mix for my services. I need to study the program a little closer and take a look at their DB coach and scheme, but I would say I am definitely interested in learning more."

White has taken visits to Texas, Oklahoma and TCU. He doesn't think he'll be able to make it to Notre Dame until the summer at the earliest, or maybe on an official visit during the fall. White also doesn't see himself making any kind of college decision until the summer at the earliest.

"A good football program that fits my talents, a good coaching staff that fits my personality, and of course a good education program," White said of what he's looking for in a school. He wants to major in business management, with a minor in communications.

Seeing guys like Brown come by his school, and seeing Notre Dame recruit Gray, has made White pay attention to Irish football.

"I have watched them over the years, so I know they are rebuilding, bringing in some good recruits lately, and on their way back."

Weis is hoping White will eventually choose to be a part of that, and permanently think about the Irish program. Top Stories