Badgers Receive Commitment No. 4

New Defensive Backs Coach Ron Cooper made an immediate impact in his assignment to recruit the Houston area, landing a commitment from Texas WR/S Johnny White.

The Badgers have received their fourth commitment of the 2003 recruiting class, wide receiver Johnny White of Pearland, TX. The commitment was initially reported by The Insiders national recruiting expert Max Emfinger early last week, but was not official until this weekend.

White, a 6-2, 198-pound senior, chose Wisconsin over Colorado and Texas A&M.

"I knew I wanted to go to a Big Ten or Big 12 school," White said. "I looked at all of the schools that were recruiting me, and where I could best fit into the program. I really liked (Secondary Coach and recruiting contact Ron Cooper), plus it's a great academic school too."

White cancelled a scheduled trip to Colorado August 3. The Buffaloes told White they were going to offer him a scholarship on his trip. Texas A&M coaches told White at summer camp that an offer was on its way.

But White felt Wisconsin offered him the best opportunities to play either receiver or safety, along with its world-class international business program.

"I'll get a chance to do whatever I have to do (there), and I'll be put wherever I can best help the team," White said.

Some schools were down on White because his speed (4.5-4.6) wasn't quite at the level of some other top receiver prospects. But White appreciated the fact Cooper could see beyond a number.

"He really impressed me. He was a real friendly, nice guy," White said. "He said he liked my size and my athletic ability, that's what really impressed him. He said don't worry about my 40 times, because he's seen my film and he's seen what I can do in the game. As long as I'm running a legitimate 4.5 or 4.6."

What the films demonstrated is why many Texas high school football fans liken White to a Randy Moss-type athlete. He is known for his ability to get up and make very difficult grabs.

"With my leaping ability, our quarterback lobs a lot," White said. "Catching a ball is like catching a rebound in basketball. You just get in position and bring it down."

White, who has never been to Wisconsin, plans on visiting for a home game either August 23 or early September.

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