Johnny White Reacts to Cooper Departure

Pearland (Tex.) defensive back committed to Ron Cooper early this season, and didn't know until last night that he was leaving for Mississippi State. How did White react to the news?

Until two nights ago, coaches from other schools hadn't left Johnny White alone. While the Pearland (Tex.) defensive back committed to Wisconsin months ago, they felt until he made a trip to Madison, he was a potential de-commit.

But after White made his trip to Wisconsin this past weekend, the schools learned he is serious about the Badgers.

"They asked me if I liked it, and I told them I loved it," White said. "I think going up there was basically a finalization of my decision. I'm really excited about going there."

The coaches might try to call one more time, however, after White learned last night the coach that recruited him, Ron Cooper, is leaving for Mississippi State. White said nobody from Wisconsin, including Cooper, called to inform him of the move.

But at the same time, White said it wouldn't affect his decision.

"It doesn't matter. I still love Coach (Barry) Alvarez and he's going to be there," White said.

White said the highlight of his visit was hanging out at Anthony Davis' house, playing Playstation 2 with his host, Devin Hollins and a group of other UW players.

"Devin was the best player," White said.

White has been focusing on lifting weights, conditioning and working on his technique after school following the end of his senior season. Pearland finished 10-3, losing to Hastings in the third round of the playoffs.

He will run track in the spring, but decided against playing basketball this winter. While he wasn't aware Cooper is leaving, he indicated the coaching staff was excited about him playing next season.

"There's a void there. They need someone at free safety, and there's a lot of receivers, so I'm not sure (where I will fit in)," White said.

White other highlights of his trip included learning about his academic options in a meeting with the dean, and watching the secondary practice in person.

"The secondary is actually really good," White said. "They're really quick. The only thing I would say is, the downfall of the secondary, is their size. I mean, they're awesome players, but they might be a little short. But they make up for it in other areas."

White said he will not take any other visits, and his recruiting should be considered over.

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