Destri White will be entering his third year as the starting quarterback for Mesquite Horn. But the 6-0, 185-pounder will more than likely be making the switch to the defensive side of the ball at the next level.
After visiting SMU for junior day last month, White had the opportunity to speak with defensive coordinator Tom Mason, who let him know he wanted him as a safety.
"Coach Mason was really cool. He told me he liked my athleticism and that he wanted me to play safety for him," White said. "I would be fine with the move. I'm open to all opportunities and don't want to burn any bridges. I really like playing quarterback, but this could be a great opportunity."
White did not pick up an offer from SMU but believes he's ‘close' after his conversation with Mason. White says SMU is one of his top schools at the moment and can't wait for Mason to see him at practice later this spring.
"Coach Mason said he's going to decide about the offer when he comes to school to watch me and a few of my teammates," White said. "Right now, I really like SMU. It's a school I could really see myself playing at. I've talked to Stephon Sanders, who also went to Horn, and he said SMU is a great place to be."
But what intrigues White the most is the SMU's prestigious academics. A top student, White plans on majoring in engineering and was happy to learn more about the program during his time on the Hilltop.
"The most important thing I learned about SMU on the trip was that they care about academics," White said. "They really value education, and that's important to me. The football program is on the rise as well and it's close to home so overall, I really like SMU."
Despite passing for 2,000 yards, rushing for 800 yards and scoring 36 total touchdowns last season, White is still chasing that elusive first offer but is receiving strong interest from both Duke and Oklahoma.
"Oklahoma also wants me as a safety. I went up to their junior day, and they really made me feel like a part of the family," he said. "It felt like home especially because Mike Stoops was around me the entire time."
"I'm really interested in Duke because they want me as a quarterback. I plan on making it to their spring game and look forward to learning more."
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