National 100 recruit has five out in front

Devin White out of Springhill, LA., has added an official visit to his list. Scout.s No. 74 overall rated player now has two trips on his docket.

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"I set up an official visit to Ole Miss the last weekend in January," White said. "I set it up today when I spoke to my dog Sean Patterson (Ole Miss assistant) and coach Freeze."

The visit was already in the works but the conversation with the Ole Miss coaches put a date to it.

"I already knew I was going to take an official visit to Ole Miss. It was just a matter of when. I was going to take it there when they played LSU, but they said hey lets do it in late January. It worked out because my cousin ended up getting married that weekend. I had to go to that. They just called me today and said, hey, lets get a date for the visit and I said lets do it."

The 6-foot-1, 260-pound athlete visited Florida State officially in October. He has two more set in January to Alabama (1/23) and Ole Miss (1/30).

"I haven't set up anything outside of those two. That's all I have so far."

When asked who else could be in line for a visit the answer was quick and to the point.

"Definitely LSU and Arkansas."

Scout's No.74 overall rated player expanded on what he likes about Ole Miss right now.


"I just think they are going to be a contender the next few years. They are a program on the rise. Well, I wouldn't say rise is a good word because they are already there. Schools get hyped when they play Ole Miss. They have everyone's attention, including myself. Coach Freeze is building something special there. Plus I have a great relationship with those guys. They treat me like family. They make me feel like I'm at home every time I'm over there. I just always have a grin when I'm on their campus. They have always been one of my top schools."

Devin's relationship with Shea Patterson and his family is also a factor.

"At the end of the day the decision is for myself, but if there is one person who could have an influence with my decision it's Shea Patterson. We are just really good friends who have talked about going to school together for a while now. We have done everything together. 7-on-7 tournaments, combines, you name it, we have done it together. But we have a relationship that goes way beyond the football field. That's my dog. I lean on him for advise about life outside of football. I tell you this; he's the best recruiter for Ole Miss or anybody else for that matter. I just got off the phone with him a few minutes ago. He's always telling me to come join the family (laugh)."

Alabama has been in the picture from the start as well.

"They have been recruiting me since 9th grade. Last year they really started coming after me hard because they lack depth at running back. They need me or whoever they are going to bring in to come in there and give them some help at tailback next fall. Who wouldn't want to be recruited by coach Saban and know you are a priority for them? That's what makes them stand out for me."

White's cousin is at Arkansas and he's familiar with several of the players on their team.

"It's the same as Alabama. They don't have the hype coach like Saban but they have great running backs and great history at the running back position. They are probably about to lose both of their backs to the draft so they are lacking depth too. I have a cousin who is at Arkansas. I know a lot of people there. I played against a lot of their players in high school. I know they would make me feel at home if I were to go to school there. I have gotten close with their staff as well. I have been over there many times and done my research with Arkansas.

LSU's coaching situation has placed a pot hole in the road for Devin.

"Nobody wants to put themselves in a situation where they don't know who there coach is going to be after their freshman year. If they already hired a new coach it might be different. Then I could see what type of offense and defense they are going to run and see if I fit in with them or not. But that's not the case. That would be a hard situation for me to go into."


The Under Armour All-American completed his high school career last Friday when North Webster lost in the second round of the 3A playoffs.

"We lost three games. I didn't do as much on defense as I did the past seasons. I don' know my stats, but I probably had around 50 tackles. I usually have around 100. I mostly played offense this season. The younger guys got the reps on defense because we were winning big most of the time. If the game was close I played defense though. I had a lot of good returns and did a lot of different things on the field than I did the past seasons. I just found new ways to contribute to the team."

Improvements were made on both sides of the ball.

"My leadership skills improved the most. I try to lead by example, but I was much more vocal. Secondly, my route running improved. I was getting under my pads much better. I was hitting the hole hard. I made more explosive plays this season. On defense my coverage skills really improved. Covering the backs coming out of the backfield. I did really well with that this season. I feel like I'm an all around better player this year. I'm excited to show everyone what I'm all about at the Under Armour event."

White has flipped back and forth on his desired positio he would like to play on the next level. It's gotten to the point where he's just not going to think about it anymore.

"I'm just going to go with the flow. Whatever happens, happens. I'll just going to sign with someone and wherever they need me the most I'll play. I can be good at either position (RB/LB). I'm just putting it in God's hands."

LSU is expected to have a home visit with Devin Monday. Arkansas will be at his house Tuesday.


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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