Big surprise for first commit of 2010

Curtis White, 6-5, 235, Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon HS, was caught off guard when he received a call from Oregon linebacker coach Don Pellum and was asked to come by the Oregon Football Offices a couple of weeks ago. White, who has been a lifelong Duck fan, took the visit and if the visit was a surprise, what happened next was even more unexpected.

"I went up to the linebacker office," Curtis White described. "Coach Pellum asked and I gave Oregon a verbal commitment."

White, a sophomore, is the first commitment to the Oregon class of 2010. So far he's received letters from Oregon State, UCLA and Washington but it really isn't too surprising that the Ducks would be his favorite.

About four years ago, White and his younger brother Tyson had an opportunity to meet the coaches and several of the players. Tyson had been diagnosed with leukemia, and the Ducks opened the doors for the brothers to visit the team. Curtis remembers meeting Terrence Whitehead, Haloti Ngata and Jordan Kent. Kent hadn't started playing football yet for Oregon but was a star on the basketball team. Unfortunately, Tyson (who was a year and half younger than Curtis ) passed away two years ago from the disease, but the trip to meet the Ducks was something Curtis will always remember since it meant so much to Tyson.

Last season as just a sophomore, Curtis White made an impact for Sheldon on the team's way to a 6-A State Championship. In four playoff games White had 21 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns. His season total was 30 catches for 380 yards and six scores, so obviously he figured in big during the playoff run. He also had 13 sacks for the year.

The Ducks are recruiting him as a defensive end/tight end.

Football is not his only sport. Right now White is in the midst of basketball season. The Irish finished third in the league and have a first round playoff game against Westview (at Westview) next Wednesday. White was a starter for Sheldon, averaging 10 points and 15 rebounds. This spring White plans to participate in track and field.

To say White is excited to be the first commitment for the 2010 class is an understatement, this all has sort of caught him by surprise, but he might well be taking this in stride.

"I'm very excited to even be considered," admitted White to the idea of being recruited by Oregon. "I didn't expect any of this, especially being a sophomore."

Chris Fetters contributed to this report.

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