Kam White forms quick bond with Willie Martinez

A rising Mississippi athlete visits Tennessee twice in two weeks.

Kam White doesn't hesitate at all when asked about what he's looking for in a program at the next level. While some high school prospects dream of early playing time, sold-out stadiums or state-of-the-art facilities, White is in search of something more important to him.

"I want a relationship with my position coach, because I know that's who's going to be with me," White told InsideTennessee. "I want to be able to talk to all the coaches and just visit campus. We don't have to just be tight, we can have fun." 

The Scout three-star athlete from Mississippi made his second visit to Tennessee in two weeks Saturday when he attended a junior day held on campus. White also took time to speak with the coaching staff last weekend during a 7-on-7 tournament, but his most recent visit allowed him to speak with defensive backs coach Willie Martinez for the first time and begin building the relationship he wants.

"I learned new things," White said of Tennessee. "This is actually the first time I got to meet my position coach. He's pretty great, and we have a good relationship. That's how I know I'd be able to come here and spend my four years here and how the relationship would be." 

The two were able to discuss where White, who currently projects as a defensive back at the next level, would fit in the Vols' defensive scheme under Martinez and first-year defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

"(Martinez) was telling me I was a good athlete and how he watched my film," White said. "He was breaking down how I played and what I need to get better at in order to come here and play and stuff like that. I respect that, how you tell me what I need to get better at to be a collegiate athlete at the next level." 

The rising Clinton (Miss.) High School senior already boasts offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and the Vols, among others, and plans to visit Iowa State April 16. The Vols are firmly in his top list of schools currently, and spending time with Martinez only made more of an impression on the 6-foot-2, 205-pound standout.

"He's pretty amazing," White said of Martinez. "Me and him, we're going to text and talk about defenses. I'm a student-athlete. He told me I could text him any time to talk about anything I want to talk about. I have a personal relationship with him." 

White plans to narrow his offer list by August, and will likely take time in the fall to take his five official visits as he searches for a program that best fits him. The No. 1-ranked athlete in the Magnolia State plays high school football with Scout four-star running back Cam Akers, another Tennessee target who visited Knoxville last week with his teammate. 

"We've been friends since we were like seven," White said. "Last year was the first year we got to play with each other. We've always been on opposite teams. Our relationship is very strong. We want to play together, but if it doesn't work like that, it doesn't. Hopefully it does. I can't tell you what he says, but he really likes it up here and so do I."


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