Darrius White has been through the recruiting process once before. As a prep at Belton (Tex.) High School, White had a wide range of offers to sort out and planned to eventually sign with Oklahoma State. After not getting the proper test scores to enroll, he decided to head to Trinity Valley.
This time around, however, only one school has stepped up with an offer. Just last month West Virginia called to inform White of the good news.
"I was actually in the field house at our school and my coach called me into his office and told me West Virginia was on the phone," White recalled. "It was their cornerbacks coach (Brian Mitchell) and they said they were offering me a scholarship."
"For a minute I thought he was kidding," White laughed. "So I picked up the phone and he told me they were taking one junior college corner and all the coaches agreed I was their top choice."
Since that initial conversation, White has continued to stay in contact with the Mountaineers and specifically Mitchell. And while the majority of their talks aren't football related, that's just fine with White.
"Well, we have a lot in common because he's from central Texas and so am I," he said. "i just really like him. He's really straight-forward and honest."
White, 5-foot-10, 177 pounds, has seen interest from schools escalate over the last couple of weeks. In addition to West Virginia, he's currently receiving interest from Mississippi, Iowa State, Memphis, Indiana and San Diego State. It's the Mountaineers, however, who stand apart in the scholarship offer category.
"It shows that they want me," White said about WVU being his first offer. "It really means a lot and that's one reason I'm so serious with them and why they're No. 1 on my list."
At the current moment White plans to enjoy the recruitment process. However, with a visit scheduled to West Virginia in early May, he's not ruling out a possible commitment.
"I'm ready to get my recruitment out of the way," White said. "If I go to West Virginia and like what I see then they'll probably be my choice. "I did the whole recruitment thing in high school, so I'm just ready to play football. So if the visit is good I'll probably talk with my family afterwards and then make my choice."