Troy High School recently produced one of the top defensive line prospects in the country in current Ohio State lineman Todd Denlinger. They have at least one more player on the horizon who will get looks from major programs -- junior athlete T.J. White.
"I am getting mail from Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, MSU, Indiana and
Wisconsin, Syracuse, Colorado and Stanford," White said.
White (6-3, 240, 4.82), who camped at Ohio State, can play many positions. Look for him at the defensive tackle spot this year.
"I am moving to DT," he said. "It is more natural position for me. I always played inside until last year.
"I will play both the nose and the 3-technique depending on the scheme. In
the 3-4 I will be a nose tackle. In the 4-4 I will play the 3-technique."
White last year saw limited time on defense but had some success.
"I only played defense one game," he said. "I had three tackles, two for loss, and forced a interception. I only had the week of practice before the game to prepare.
"I will be playing both ways this year -- tight end on offense and NG/DT on
White, who also plays basketball and throws the discus and shotput in track,
has already given some thoughts to his recruiting process.
"I kind of want to get it over with but a friend who has been through this
says I should go through it and enjoy it," he said.
What will be the important factors in his choice?
"I will decide on my school based on how I get along with the coaches and I want to feel at home," he said. "Academics will play a part too. I am thinking about going into sports medicine."