White and Trinity off to strong start

Over the summer, Vanderbilt received a commitment from Ryan White, a defensive back who plays at one of the elite high school football programs in the nation. Trinity High School of Louisville has won 21 state championships in Kentucky since 1968. White has been a starter on the last two 6A championship teams in 2010 and 2011.

The 2011 team was ranked number one in the nation by many publications including Sports Illustrated.

"We're off to a 3 and 0 start," said Ryan White. "I've been playing pretty well, but there's always room for improvement. This year I stepped up my game in press coverage. I had two interceptions in the Montgomery Bell game. We just have to keep doing what we do and take it game by game. This week we have a tough game against St. X of Cincinnati."

Trinity's game with Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) was played in Nashville at Tom Owen Field. White is getting very familiar with The Music City. He made several trips to the Vanderbilt campus before he gave the staff his commitment.

"Vanderbilt offered me at cornerback," he said. "They told me I was a game-changer. They liked my play-making ability, cover skills, and think I can help out in the return game. My recruiter is Coach Hand, the offensive line coach, but I talk to everybody at least once a week. I'll either talk with Coach Hand, Coach Barlow, or the head coach.

"I was down [at Vanderbilt] with my Mother the weekend before I committed. It was my third time there but her first time. She really loved it. When we got back, we talked about it. The next day, which was a Monday, I called Coach Franklin to let him know I wanted to commit. It's a program that's rebuilding under Coach Franklin and on the way up. The academics offered at Vanderbilt was dramatically better other colleges. Those were the two things that stuck out to me the most, plus I really enjoy the city of Nashville."

The Shamrocks are playing a challenging schedule and trying to "three-peat" as state champions, but White says he's been keeping a close eye on the progress Coach Franklin is making in his second year with the Commodores.

"I'm hoping to make it to one in person soon," White said, "but I watched their first game with South Carolina on television. They looked pretty good. The D was really impressive. Like I said about myself, there's always room for improvement."

Trinity will entertain Cincinnati powerhouse, St. Xavier, this Friday, September 14th, on their home turf, Marshall Stadium-Harry Jansing Field. White, 5-foot-10, 178-pounds, is a three-year starter for the Shamrocks. In his junior season, he had 44 tackles, 16 pass breakups, one sack, and returned two punts for touchdowns. He was named First Team 6A All-State in 2011.

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