White Has Bright Future

DeSoto cornerback Adrian White is not only one of the states top talents, but one of the nations finest. In a recent visit to DeSoto High, Burnt Orange Beat took a look at what makes White a nationally coveted corner and also spoke to DeSoto defensive coordinator Bill Cummings about his star pupil.

True cover corners are hard to find on a yearly basis, but the Texas Longhorns' program has done about as well as any program in recent years. The 2010 class appears to be more of the same with DeSoto's Adrian White, who brings physicality to the corner position not seen very often.

White, the #49 prospect nationally in the 2010 class, has been talked about since his sophomore season playing for the Eagles. As a junior he moved around between safety and corner, but still displayed the physicality in the run force as well as the feet, hips and recovery speed that program from coast to coast desire.

DeSoto defensive coordinator Bill Cummings has seen his fair share of talented defensive backs having coached more than 30 years in the state of Texas and says his star pupil has all the tools to be successful on the college level.

"He's a very talented young man," Cummings said. "A good shut down corner. The main thing he needs to work on is reading patterns a little better, but that comes with experience. Last year we moved him around quite a bit and didn't help that development. He's got all the tools. He just has to work hard and have a tough mental attitude."

As far as the 5-10, 170-pounder with 4.5 speed is concerned, he is just happy to be back on the field after a few weeks in a boot after a teammate fell on his lower leg.

"I got my boot off about three weeks ago," said White. "I'm excited to be back with my teammates and have been working out ever since I got my boot off. I had a few little glitches coming back, but I'm good."

White, one of 8-10 future D-I players on the DeSoto varsity, echoed the statements of his defensive coordinator in terms of the area of improvement needed.

"Really, it's about working on technique and reading routes. Working against stop routes, digs and routes like that. I'm good on deep routes. I love to come up, hit and jam receivers. Anytime we come up in man, I like that. Man press is one on one. There is no one to blame but yourself in man," said the four-star prospect.

Along with talking at length with Coach Cummings about continued improvement, watching the Longhorns practice in March opened White's eyes to the level he must take his game to in future years.

"The speed was incredible. The tempo was quick. Every play they snap the ball, run the play and come right back to the line. The DB's all move quickly and know their assignments. That definitely made me realize that I have to step up. The DB's are all quick and fast," White said.

On the recruiting front, offers have continued to roll in since committing to Texas.

"I got two more offers since I committed. UCLA and Baylor offered me, but I think everybody has backed off," White said.

White joins DT Taylor Bible (#11), S Ahmad Dixon (#21), DE Reggie Wilson (#41), QB Connor Wood (#55), OL Trey Hopkins (#62) and S Bryant Jackson (#87) as Texas commits in the 2010 Scout 100.

White posted 58 tackles and eight pass break ups in 2008. He entertained offers from Florida, Tennessee, LSU< Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, California, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, North Carolina and TCU among others before choosing the Longhorns.

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