From a statistical standpoint, it hasn't been a very good year for Pearland (Tex.) wide receiver/defensive back Johnny White. At the completion of the regular season, White had just 14 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, he had 28 tackles and 11 assists, with no interceptions.
White was not named Pearland's Offensive or Defensive Player of the Week on either side of the ball all season.
But this might be a case where statistics lie. Offensively, Pearland was forced to run the ball almost exclusively for most of the season because of consistent heavy rainfall. And defensively, White says teams have avoided him like the plague.
"All of our games have been horrible weather. It's been raining really hard every week," White said. "And on defense, they don't throw my way, so I don't have any picks. As long as we're winning, I don't mind."
The Pearland Oilers are 8-2 headed into this weekend's Class 5A Division II playoff opener against 7-3 Galveston Ball 7 p.m. Saturday at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
White cancelled a scheduled visit to Madison for the Penn State game Oct. 5 because of a football conflict, but will make an official visit on Dec. 6. He made his commitment sight unseen last July because of the influence of Wisconsin Defensive Backs Coach Ron Cooper.
White said several other schools are still hot on his trail, including Texas A&M.
"They still call all the time, but I (tell them) I'm a firm commitment," White said.
White said he's unsure where he will play when he arrives in Madison.
"I talked to Coach Cooper and he said wherever I fit in best when I get to Wisconsin is where I'm going to be, so I've been working on (improving) on both sides of the ball," White said. "Hopefully when I get there, I will just start focusing on one. They have some good freshmen and sophomore wide receivers, so I probably will be playing cornerback."
White said he's caught almost every Badger game broadcast on national television this season, and he's not discouraged at all by the recent losing streak.
"The program is great. Even with the losses they have, they have been right in there. They don't just lie down. It's not like they've given up," White said. "Sometimes things just don't go your way."
Update on Badger Commit Johnny White
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