UCLA Looks at Safety Prospect

Lester White, the 6-2, 205-pound safety prospect from Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North, has seven scholarship offers -- a couple from the Pac-10 -- and he's looking for more. He talked to us about his recruitment and interest from UCLA...

Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North safety Lester White (6-2, 205), one of the harder hitting safeties in the Southland, is sitting on seven scholarship offers, with a few more Pac-10 schools scoping out his situation.

"I've been offered by Nebraska, Washington State, Oregon State, UNLV, San Diego State, Arizona State and Boise State," said White. "All of them offered me as a safety though I think Washington State offered me as an athlete."

The Pac-10 schools to show interest are Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and USC. White said: "USC came down to the school to talk with me and they wanted me to come out to their camp. Coach (David) Watson, their D-Line coach, is recruiting me. UCLA also came by the school and they said they're really interested, they just need my transcripts and to see my test scores. Coach (Wayne) Moses is the one who's recruiting me for UCLA. Oregon is another school who's been showing me a lot of interest."

White's offers and interest from the Southland schools have him in a holding pattern on determining favorites and making a decision.

"I don't even know who my top five are because I haven't really looked for the top schools yet," White said. "If UCLA or USC offered me, I'd definitely be interested in them and that would probably change things up. My favorite school growing up was Texas, but I'm not hearing from them. So I'm going to take my time, take all five official visits, and get off to a good start my senior year and then start thinking about a decision.". The two L.A. schools have indicated that a strong start to his senior season could make an impact on their decision to offer him. "That's why I'm not in a rush. I want to see what all of my options are before I start thinking about where I'm going to visit," said White.

White's only camp this past spring was the Los Angeles Nike Camp. He focused mostly on passing leagues for North, which won the past two CIF-SS titles and has a new coaching staff.

"It's been cool with the new coaches, we're leaning a lot," said White. "Our main focus is on winning another CIF championship. I won one as a sophomore and as a junior and I want to go out with another one."

During his junior season, White had 84 tackles and five interceptions and ran for over 650 yards with 12 touchdowns. For his senior year, he'll be the primary ball-carrier for North, taking over for San Diego State-bound Cedric Foster. Academically, he has a 2.7 core GPA and will take the SAT for the first time in October.


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