There’s no rhyme or reason as to how Richland Hills (Texas) High linebacker DaShaun White became an Oklahoma fan, but he did.
No family connection to the program. He wasn’t raised in a house to be wearing the crimson and cream, but he tried to explain it.
“To be honest, I have no clue,” White said. “It’s the constant success, I guess. The more I learned about football, the more I learned about OU. You can’t keep their names out of your mouth when talking college football.”
White has been a pretty big OU guy, but you obviously have to wipe that all away when it comes to recruiting. It’s not about being a fan. It’s a business decision and one where it seemed like the Sooners and White weren’t going to be working together.
White, listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, has visited OU multiple times. The latest occasion was back at OU’s junior day in February. Really hoping for the offer, White left Norman disappointed and unsure of where things stood for him moving forward.
A couple of months of uneasiness went away last week when linebackers coach Tim Kish visited White and said they would be in touch. A few days later, the high three-star prospect had that coveted offer from OU.
“It was really big,” White said. “OU fans know I’m a big OU fan myself and have been up there a few times. I was kind of wondering where I sat with them so with Coach Kish offering me, it’s good to know.
“After junior day, it was kind of bored and bland for a while when Coach Kish showed a lot of interest at junior day. But I guess it all works out.”
It’s not like White had to wait for the Sooners. Other schools have certainly come into the picture, and he’s going to have his choice among many quality options.
He said he’s hoping to narrow things down to a top six or so in the next few weeks. He doesn’t want to release a list too early because, rightfully so, he’s still waiting to see how much interest comes his way and what other schools come into the picture.
From there, White said he’d like to visit some of those top schools one more time before making a decision in July or August, before his senior season starts.
“This has been a nice experience,” White said. “I’m really blessed to be a part of something like this. Me, my family, we’re really enjoying this.”
White said he had a feeling things might be changing for him following a game last season where he had 24 tackles, including the game-saving tackle. When it comes to the biggest improvement in his game, White said it’s pretty clear right now.
“Explosion through contact,” White said. “I’ve always had the speed, but now I know how to play with the speed.”
What White needs to figure out is the position he’s going to play. Although it seems set that most see him as a weakside outside linebacker, there are some schools that can view him playing nickel.
As it pertains to the Sooners, he said he’s a pure outside linebacker. After going down to 195 pounds during basketball season, White said he’s back to 210 pounds.
A lot of recruits say OU is family, which could play right into the Sooners’ hands with White.
“I’m looking at my relationship with the coaches,” White said. “I want to go to a team that has a culture that cares about each other.
“They play to win, of course, but it goes beyond that. It’s like a family. It goes a little deeper than just football.”