Recruiting: Darius White Home From Florida

A week ago we were working like crazy to get in contact with top wide receiver prospect Darius White following his unofficial visit last weekend along with Fort Worth (Dunbar), Texas teammate and fellow receiver Dominique Sanders. As hard as we tried we never could reach out enough.

It seems Scout.com may have disappointed White a little by moving him down its wide receiver rankings recently. Honestly, I don't think players should care that much about rankings but I also have always thought it to be ridiculous when players' rankings change in the spring or summer. What criteria is being used? Just a question to ponder.

Anyway, after a week of working, Terry Tush and I both got in touch with White within a matter of minutes of each other. Terry got the bad end of the deal as White explained his displeasure with Scout before his phone cut out. I picked it up from there and explained to Darius that our latest issue in August ranks him as the Cowboys' top prospect in Texas and that we don't have a say in Scout's rankings, although we should.

"Hey, I appreciate what you guys do and what you've said about me and everything," said the talented 6-5, 200-pound White. "I know you guys didn't do that."

White was on the road again this weekend as he went to Florida for an All-Star camp at Walt Disney World of Sports in Orlando. He spent a lot of his time there with some fellow top Texas prospects in Fort Bend Hightower linebacker Shaun Lewis, Fort Bend Marshall defensive back Toney Hurd, and standout Waco Midway defensive back Ahmad Dixon.

White said it was a good experience. "It was okay, fine and everything," he started. "I did spend time with those guys. We was all kicking and hanging out. They had the facility all decked out for us and it was something. Our rooms were all right together and everything. We were all on the same team. They had different coaches there for every position, drill, seven-on-seven. I really couldn't name any of them."

White said he is going back as he has committed to play in the All-American Game in January that is held at Walt Disney World of Sports and is televised by ESPN.

White has tremendous speed and the size and strength to dominate at the receiver position. Last season as a junior he had 40 receptions for more than 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a sophomore he had 29 catches for 745 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He talks about really enjoying going against top defensive backs to sharpen his game and the Florida event allowed him to do some of that.

Now for the recruiting, we asked him to confirm that top three that has been published by multiple sources or Oklahoma first, USC second, and Oklahoma State third. "Yes, I said that, but that is nothing certain," he said. "That was just off the top of my head and it can change."

White had also prominently mentioned Florida and Texas Tech. In addition to those five schools he also has offers from Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, LSU, Oregon, and Auburn just to name some.

Finally, since we had been working for a week to catch up with White, how was Oklahoma State?

"Oklahoma State, it's a great school, great facilities, great academics, and great people," said White. "In their academics they are going to work with you, make sure you get your education. The people are just good people, the kind of people you can really trust."
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