White Set To Decide

This Friday, Adrian White will be in Austin to support his football teammates Darius Terrell and Evan Washington, and the rest of the De Soto (Texas) High boys basketball team as they continue play in the state tournament. While in town, the four-star cornerback and Scout.com top-100 prospect will also take care of some personal business.

Adrian White will announce his college decision.

Sporting over 20 scholarship offers from some of the nation's top programs, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound White will choose between Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, USC and Notre Dame on a local ESPN radio show.

Charlie Weis and the Irish program offered White a scholarship late last month. Since then, he texts regularly with defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.

"They got in late, but I've always liked them," White said. "So they are definitely in the mix."

White began following Notre Dame when the Irish staff recruited his former prep teammate Cyrus Gray, who is now a freshman running back at Texas A&M. Notre Dame's last Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown also calls De Soto home, and pops in at the school from time to time.

"I just have a lot of respect for their tradition and what they stand for," White said.

"An example of my loyalty to people I respect, let me tell you about a guy who has been instrumental in my life. The one guy outside of my Dad that has done the most for my development so far, his name is Damon Patterson. He is a Dallas police officer just like my Dad. This guy works kids out in the summer, during the holidays, and a lot of evenings after patrolling the mean streets of Dallas. When I think of Notre Dame and the respect they command, I think of Damon Patterson.

"I didn't want to let this process come to a close without acknowledging him, so although I can't explain my fascination with Notre Dame, my portrayal of officer Patterson lets you into my thought process of what I think of the Irish program."

Out of his five finalists, White has taken unofficial visits to Texas and Oklahoma, and before he was a recruiting prospect, he took a trip to Florida. White is disappointed that he's never been able to make it up to South Bend.

"I would have liked to have visited in person, but because of school, that was not possible," White began. "But they mailed me detailed pictures of the school and facilities, and I went on the school site and got a good feel for the program."

This past season, White 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 Scout.com's All-Combine team.

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