Josh White's Interest in UT Remains High

Marietta-Walton (GA) quarterback Josh White had a tough junior season. After Walton self-reported its use of an ineligible player, the Raiders had to forfeit the first three games of the season.

White, a three-star pro-style quarterback, believes that the shaky season might have something to do with the lack of offers, but hasn't let it get to him.

"Adversity made me a better person on and off the field" White told HD, adding that it has made him a better leader.”

White, the No. 19 rated pro-style prospect in the 2016 class, would fit well in Shawn Watson's system at Texas. He has great presence in the pocket, willing to stay in and take a hit if it means hitting the open man. He also shows ability to get out of the pocket to escape pressure, showing good mobility and vision on the run.

His Hudl tape shows off his ability to make some big time throws off the run, reminding me of Colt McCoy penchant for always knowing where the line of scrimmage is. The quality that jumps out at me when I watch his highlights is his quickness and ability to evade would-be tacklers in the open field, as well as in the pocket.

Despite only having one offer, from Mississippi State, White seems to have a soft spot for Texas. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph started recruiting White when Rumph was still at Alabama, and White has gotten really close to him since then.

"He's like an uncle to me now," White say of Rumph, and that he's easy to relate to and get along with.

White was also recruited by former wide receivers coach Les Koenning, but said that Koenning's firing hasn't had any effect on how he felt about Texas and Austin.

"I'm in love with the school itself," White said, calling Austin a beautiful city.

He also respects what Shawn Watson did at Louisville with Teddy Bridgewater, calling him a "great teacher." He's kept up with the recent surge in recruiting at Texas, calling the commitment of Malik Jefferson "an awesome get" that will play a huge role in the getting quality players in the class of 2016.

The most impressive thing about White, outside of his obvious athletic ability and football talent, is his outstanding maturity for someone his age. Most high school juniors would be pretty discouraged about having only one offer, but you can tell that White isn't worried about it.

When I complimented him on how well he has handled the recruiting process, he credited his parents for instilling good values and a strong faith early on in his life, giving him the peace of mind that he'll trust himself to make that decision when it comes time. This is the kind of guy Charlie Strong wants as his QB - a quality young man who can lead his offense with poise and confidence.

I'd be surprised if Texas doesn’t at least entertain the idea of offering him by the end of the summer, once they can see him at some camps and combines. He's working on his schedule now, trying to figure out dates for Junior Days this spring as well as events for the summer.

White is definitely a guy to keep your eye on, and I'd bet on him to be a big-time player wherever he ends up.


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