White Talks about CaliFlorida game

<b>Scott White</b> is a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker from San Diego, California, and White recently participated in the CaliFlorida Bowl as one of California's premier prep linebackers. White enjoyed getting a chance to strut his stuff during Florida's 34-24 win, but felt a bit stifled from not getting a chance to work his magic.

"I didn't get into the flow of the game," he said. "We would go in every other series, so it was hard to really get in the game. I made a couple of tackles and forced a fumble."

Scott admitted that Florida had some very impressive athletes. "I think their seconday and wide receivers were the strength of their team," he said. "But I don't think anybody is better in the country than Darnell Bing after what he did out there today. But their safeties and corners were very good and their linebackers were fast, but I think we had the edge up front with guys like Fred Matua, Manual Wright, those type of guys."

How about White's impressions of the offenses? "Ben Olson was out there zinging the ball and Gavin Dickey was out there doing the same thing, all over the place," he said. "They were pretty equal, but we had a big advantage with the running backs. By far. Hershel Dennis was unbelievable tonight. He made some big runs. And Robbie DuBois was pretty tough tonight too."

White commented a bit on the experience of getting together with so many players and the bonding that took place over the week. "It was a little uneasy at first for everybody but as time goes you get to know the guys and there's respect there for everybody because they are the best of the best," he said.

And if he was an NFL talent scout, who would the franchise player he would pick? "That's tough," he said. "Ben Olson. Just a pure passer. I'd take him over Darnell Bing, but not by much. He's magnificent. He got it done tonight and it's hard enough for most people to go in and out between series, but it's even tougher for a quarterback to get that rhythm."

But he wouldn't leave Darnell out of the praise party. "There's nobody better than him in the secondary than him," White said. "He's amazing."

Part of the CaliFlorida festivities went right up White's alley - literally. The recruits got a chance to hit the sidelines of the Culligan Holiday Bowl in White's home town of San Diego, one that also featured Scott's future team, the University of Washington Huskies. White let it be known that he was somewhat of a good luck charm for the Dawgs while he was roaming the sidelines. "We left early, when it was 36-20 in the third quarter," he said. "On the bus the radio was on and then it was 43-40 and I was thinking, 'OK, we got that one.' but then Texas came back in the last minute and 10 seconds to take it away, but Washington impressed a lot of the recruits that were there. Hershel Dennis. He likes them a lot with Oregon. He said they were neck and neck. And Jarrad Page, he's close to UW and UCLA. They are 1 and 2. And Stanley Daniels. He's real focused on them too."

Scott got the Kodak Moment Award, faking Daniels out long enough to get Stanley to unwittingly put on a Washington hat while he stood poised for the cameras. "Yeah! That was cool," Scott said with a big laugh. "Albert Toeaina's Dad was talking to Stanley, telling him to do the right thing and come to Washington instead of doing the pizazz thing in going to Nebraska just because they are Nebraska."

White let it be known that he enjoyed himself immensely at the game. "Air 7 put on a great event for us and I was just happy to be a part of it," he said. "Steve Clarkson and his group showed us a great time and it was really memorable. A lot of the guys there will be playing against one another next year, so it was great to get to know him."

Did watching the Dawgs come out of the tunnel at Qualcomm get him fired up for next year? No question. "I'm really looking forward to that day in Ann Arbor, running out there in front of 108,000 people in the Big House," he said. "I'm really excited to be a part of the Husky family. I can't wait to be up there. I'll be up there for spring practice and I'm really looking forward to this. It's a step up and I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

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