Open to Everybody

Despite offers continuing to roll in throughout the country, Stevenson (Mi.) junior running back Austin White isn't trimming anyone off his star-studded offer list; a list that includes Wisconsin.

Most children develop favorite teams while they are young and carry those thoughts into their adult life. However, Austin White (Livonia, MI) is looking around even though he has a long history with the Michigan State Spartans.

While the roots run deep at Michigan State for Austin White of Stevenson High School, whose parent and brother all attended Michigan State, he is open to many different suitors.

After he rushed for 1610 yards and 28 tourchdowns, and had another 375 receiving in leading his team to a 10-3 record and a semi-finals loss in the state tournament, his recruitment has started to take off.

A four-star prospect that is ranked 16th in the country by Scout.com, White is approaching double digit offers, but hasn't narrowed it down at all.

"Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue, Bowling Green, and LSU have all offered," White explained. "LSU was my most recent offer. I am considering everybody. I am not going to throw anyone out until the end. I'm not sure if that is what I'm interested in right now, but I'm open to everybody."

Even though most of his offers have come from the Midwest, White is certainly gaining interest from around the country.

"Oregon, UCLA, Florida State sending a lot of stuff, Alabama, I sent film to Arkansas, but they haven't gotten back to me yet," White said. "Notre Dame, Cal, and Louisville has sent some stuff as well."

White plans to take a trip during the summer to see some of the southern schools like Alabama, Arkansas and LSU. As far as trips he has already taken, White has attended a few Junior Days around the Midwest.

"I have been to Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, and Michigan," White revealed. "All of those places have really good coaches. I really like them, they are good people and I really like that about all of those places," he said. "Everyone I went to I had a really good time at."

One of the schools that offered White a month ago was Wisconsin.

"I was excited and happy when I got the offer," White said. "Coach Alexander and I have talked a bunch. I went up there for a game in the fall (vs. Penn State). I also met the running back coach (John Settle). It was all real brief, and I talked to a couple other coaches. He sends emails a lot and calls a decent amount."

Even though the Badgers didn't come out on top during the game against Penn State, White was impressed with what he saw.

"When I was up there I had a great time at the game," he recalled. "I think it was a great environment. I haven't taken an unofficial visit or anything. I would like to go and have a chance to learn more about the campus and the coaches and everything. I realize they have had a few bigger backs, but I think that I could definitely succeed in that offense with my vision."

As for when White will make a decision, he said, "Probably not until after the next football season. I want a good education and also something that I think is really important are the people that I am around. I want to be around good people."


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