White Is Hoping to Visit UCLA

Lester White, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound three-star safety from Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North, has been in consistent conversations with UCLA and is hoping to take a visit to Westwood next month...

Lester White, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound three-star safety from North High School in Riverside, Calif., said he finished his senior season (7-5) with approximately 70 tackles, three fumbles caused and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). He also had about 400 yards rushing and five touchdowns and around 500 yards receiving with another five scores.

"I'm able to make big plays," White said. "I hit hard and always go for the turn over. I also have good finesse too, but I love being hard-nosed."

White, ranked as the No. 34 safety in the country by Scout.com, claims a 33-inch vertical jump and says he's looking to improve his ball skills.

"I want to get better at reading the ball," he said. "I need to not come up early or late and just have better judgement when going for it."

White hasn't scheduled any official visits yet because he just took his SAT last Saturday (Dec. 6). "Now that I've taken the test I can start setting up my trips," he said. "I hope I'll be able to take them all."

One school that White says he definitely hopes to visit is UCLA. "I've been talking to them a lot about taking a visit there in January," he said of the Bruins, even though they haven't offered him a scholarship yet.

"They said they will offer," he said. "I've talked to (running back) coach Wayne Moses a lot and he says they really want to offer me, but need to get my test score first."

White has attended the Tennessee and Oregon State games at UCLA already and says his parents favor the Bruins. "They like them because they're close," he said. "I like the location a lot too. It's definitely a plus that they aren't too far away.

"I really like the program and the new coaches," he said. "I think they'll definitely do better next year because they are bringing in a lot of talent and I think I'd be able to help out."

He says he'll be getting an in-home visit from UCLA's Moses next week.

While it may seem that the Bruins are White's leader, he denies it, adding that even if the Bruins offered, he'd still wait before making any decision. "I want to make sure I weigh all my options before I commit," he said. "I won't make a decision until late January."

Another school that White says he'd like to visit is Nebraska. He says the Huskers are recruiting him the hardest.

"I like coach Bo Pelini and his staff a lot," he said. "They are all defensive-type guys and I think they had a pretty good season, but could still use some help. They said they'd use me like they did Laron Landry at LSU."

The Huskers, unlike the Bruins, have already offered White who also has rides from Oregon State, Arizona State, San Diego State, UNLV, Boise State and Fresno State. Of those, he says the Sun Devils are most intriguing to him.

"Arizona State has always been a team I've kind of liked," White said. "I don't know much about them, but they seem pretty cool and it looks like a fun place to play."

White admits that some of the other programs (Fresno State, Boise State and Oregon State) are only recruiting him sporadically.

Growing up, White says he followed USC. "I just love their tradition," he said. "I love coach Pete Carroll and his energy. I've always liked watching them."

He says that the Trojans are also waiting on his SAT results. "I know a few coaches came by my school last week," he said.

White says he'd like to major in business management and reports a 2.6 core GPA. He's scheduled to take the ACT on Dec. 13.

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