Texas A&M signed only one running back in 2011, and with the graduation of Cyrus Gray this year and Christine Michael entering his senior campaign, Aggie head man Kevin Sumlin is on the trail looking for multiple running backs. On Sunday, he landed Pearland Dawson big back James White after visiting College Station the previous day.
"I committed to Texas A&M this afternoon," White said. "I liked the coaches and I've always liked the school and the people who go there."
White rushed for over 1800 yards and 22 touchdowns in a very competitive 5A district and he faced stiff competition all season. As a result, White is a hot commodity in the recruiting world garnering early offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Auburn. But the Pearland native felt comfortable with the Texas A&M coaching staff and the offense they are installing.
"Coach McKinney (RB coach) took me through the offense and said they needed a bigger back and I was there guy," White said. "They want me to play in a one-back set and be a physical runner for them in the SEC."
White said he likes to run with a physical style and make contact with some authority. He's hard to pull down with the first hit and he can get the tough yardage between the tackles when called upon to perform. He wants to improve his pass blocking in the future.
"I need to work on my fundamentals like blocking and securing the football," White said. "You can always work on your speed."
White indicated that no other junior day visits are scheduled and he is unlikely at this point to take other trips. However, he didn't completely rule it out later in the year based on his comments after his commitment.
"I doubt I go anywhere else," White said. "I'm happy with my decision but we'll just have to see what happens and who keeps recruiting me this spring.
White's commitment brings the Aggies' 2013 pledge count to 12, including four yesterday and a pair of new commits today...which includes White.
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