Destri White doesn't like to brag about his GPA or how he's the smartest guy on the team.
White, a versatile three-year starter at quarterback for Mesquite Horn, holds offers from prestigious schools such as Rice and Yale. But being humble is a trait he values more important than intelligence.
Any college team would love to add a prospect with that kind of mentality and smarts, which is why SMU has been targeting White over the last few months.
"I've connected with Coach (Tom) Mason over emails. They're usually just brief conversations about how things are going," White said. "I'm still trying to build a good relationship with him.
"I'm really interested in SMU. It's only about a 20 minute drive from home. The academics are great too. Education is something I really value because football may not work out. Right now, SMU is pretty high on my list."
In February, White made the short trip to SMU for junior day and got an in-depth look at the campus and facilities. While on the Hilltop, White also met head coach June Jones.
"I went with a couple of my teammates, and we really enjoyed it. I liked the environment around the school, and the field was nice," he said. "My favorite part was just talking to the coaches and getting to know them a little bit better. Coach Jones was really nice. He just shook my hand and told me to keep working hard."
Last season, White passed for 2,196 yards and 28 touchdowns with only five interceptions and also rushed for 806 yards and eight touchdowns. A three-star prospect, White is considered one of the most explosive players in the Dallas-area and guided Mesquite Horn to the 7-on-7 state tournament this summer.
But SMU is looking at the 6-foot, 180-pounder on the defensive side of the ball as a safety, a position he's never played on the varsity level.
"Coach Mason says he is looking at me in the secondary," he said. "I feel like I could play anywhere on the field. Of course I would like to keep playing quarterback, but I would be comfortable with the move."
Over the last couple of months, White has camped at Arizona State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Rice, a school where he says he could ‘easily' see himself going.
"Rice had me play everything at their camp. They said I might play quarterback, receiver or safety. I did really well, and they offered me afterwards. They keep in touch a lot and send me hand-written letters, which why I really like them," White said. "Yale was my first offer so I like them a lot too. They want me as a quarterback, which has me excited, and they always keep in touch."
White plans on closing out this camp season by returning to SMU on July 28, where he hopes to earn his third offer.
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