Rebels add Memphis hoop's star

Terrico White (2G, Memphis, TN) - The Rebels added a major piece to their recruiting puzzle this morning when the Craigmont standout gave his verbal pledge.

"I committed to Ole Miss," added Terrico White, who was scheduled to leave on his official visit to Arkansas this morning but has since canceled. "I like Ole Miss better because it is closer to home. I love their style of play too, and they have a great staff."

But it was Ole Miss' determination to ink the young man from the Bluff City that closed the deal.

"Arkansas was my second choice. They had a great campus and weight room. Their weight room is actually the top in the nation. And Fayettville is a nice town, but Ole Miss has been trying to get me for the past two years, and they have shown me they wanted me the most. And like I said, it is closer to home too."

What makes Terrico so attractive for these SEC programs?

"I can shoot it really well, and I can dribble it up the court and penetrate and take it to the rim, dump it off, and go up and get the basketball," stated Terrico. "I can pretty much do everything a coach would dream of a player doing."

Craigmont head coach, David Taylor, adds to the conversation.

"I think he is capable of becoming a pro," added Coach Taylor. "He will need maybe one of two years at the next level, and then he will be ready. The sky is the limit. He is just a a hell of an athlete. He is a three sports athlete here at Craigmont. He is our starting quarterback, throws a 90 MPH fastball, and carried our basketball team to the AAA State Quarterfinals last year. He is just one of those guys that comes around every once a while, just special, he can do things that very few players can."

Coach Taylor has had Terrico for all four years in high school and believes the Rebels are getting a special player, not only on the court, but off of the court.

"When you talk about Terrico as the person, he is the type of kid who baby-sits my kids. He is a manerable and disciplined kid. Terrico is an honor roll student and has been voted Most Popular at Craigmont. Everybody just loves the young man. He is always so humble and just wears that big ole smile. Ole Miss has just taken their program to the next level with Terrico. I will say that."

But it is White's silky smooth shot and athleticism that allows him to get to the rim when ever he wants, and jumping ability to bring down the house, that had colleges licking their chops to ink the 2007 Memphis Best of the Preps Finalist.

"He just has such great vision, and his versatility and athleticism just takes over games. We have worked in the offseason on his dribble drive and mental toughness. I think the City of Memphis will see a different Terrico White this year because of his mental toughness."

When trying to compare Terrico's game, Coach Taylor had one person in mind.

"I think Terrico is another Dwayne Wade. I think that Wade can create his own shot and get to the basket when ever he wants. And Wade makes everyone better around him. See, Terrico like Wade, they do not have to have the ball in their hands to score. They can go get it because of their size and jumping ability, and of course, they have those eletricfying dunks that brings down the house."

Terrico averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals as a junior for Craigmont. He was named All-Metro, 1st Team All-State by the Tennessee Writers Association, and was one of the 5 finalist for the Commercial Appeals Player of the Year.

White is also a three year starter at QB and has passed for over 3, 000 yards in his career.

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