Recruiting: Lendale White Will Pick From Four

As we near the end of the 2003 recruiting season, <B>Mack Brown's</B> hunt for the Horns' final four to seven prospects is not necessarily limited to top-shelf in-state kids. Currently, the only Longhorn commit hailing from outside the Texas borders is Boca Raton (FL) WR <B>Jimmy Sutton</B>, but six more out-of-state UT targets are presently uncommitted.

North Carolina QB Chris Leak, California WRs Whitney Lewis and Steve Smith and Cali RB Reggie Bush are four of the six, but little if any evidence suggests either of the four are leaning in favor of playing in the Lone Star State. Two of four (Smith and Leak) have already visited with Bush slated for an official visit in late-January. Leak offers a glimmer of hope. Smith looks the least likely while Lewis is the hardest to get a read on and is thought to be leaning to Florida State. And who really knows what Mack Brown might accomplish with regard to landing Bush. After all, he does get the last word.

Perhaps the two you might want to keep a closer eye on and probably two of the better bets to cross the Texas line (although the odds still aren't that great) are DE Kirston Pittman from Reserve, Louisiana and RB Lendale White of Littleton, Colorado. With IT recently updating Pittman's outlook, it's time to focus on the Colorado running back phenom.

White has a top four consisting of Texas, USC, Pittsburgh and Michigan. The 6-2, 220-pound tailback with a 4.5 forty broke his top four down for IT.

"I really enjoyed the family atmosphere," White said of his September trip to Texas. "And I felt real comfortable with the team and the coaches... pretty much talked to all of them. I know Aurmon Satchell and Kasey Studdard (both from Colorado) pretty well, so I mostly hung out with them two."

"I had a really good time and felt comfortable with all of the players and coaches at USC as well," said White, who broke a Colorado state record with 7,800 yards rushing.

On his official visit to Pittsburgh, White said, "I had a real good time down there. It went pretty good, but I've kind known them for a while. I've even gone down there and stayed for about a week and a half on an unofficial, so I know a lot of their players and coaches, already."

"I've been liking Michigan since I was a kid," the senior from Chatfield High School told IT. "I also felt real comfortable with the players, but not as much with the coaches. I just got a lot of different impressions from the coaching staff when I was down there."

The running back with 1,600 yards rushing and 17 TDs on the season is keeping his favorite, if there is one, close to the vest. "They're all even," White said. "I will pick whatever school I'm the most comfortable with and the school I fit in the best with."

White attributes his national-level recruitment to the work ethic instilled in him by his uncle, who made him work hard.

Will the standout tailback prospect take a fifth and final visit?

"I'm just tired and worn out," said White who rushed for over 1,800 yards and registered 30 TDs his junior year. "I'm done and will not make another trip. The four schools I gave you are the four I will pick from."

As for when his decision will be made, White said, "I should know sometime after Christmas."

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