Far from Quiet

Getting two written commitments from St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida's 5A State Champs and the country's national champs, in 2009, it only makes sense that the Badgers are going back to the powerhouse school for more players. One of those players, running back James White, is already making noise on the recruiting scene.

You wouldn't know St. Thomas Aquinas running back James White was underrated by the amount of intention he has already received.

Although the 5-11, 190-pound running back has yet to be ranked by Scout.com, White has too many offers to remember during a busy recruiting experience; a process he has yet to 100 percent dive in to.

"Michigan State, Clemson, Boston College, Tulane, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Florida, North Carolina State, Rutgers and Syracuse are the ones I can remember," White said. "I don't have any favorites yet, but I have been going to schools so I can begin to start narrowing down my schools. I want to find the school that best fits me."

One of those schools that White has started to look at is Wisconsin, where he visited the weekend of April 11th. But before he even stepped on campus, White got a verbal tour from former teammates and 2009 Wisconsin commits Conor O'Neill and Dezmen Southward, as the duo told White why they picked the Badgers.

"I have talked to both Conor and Dezmen," White said. "When they went up there, the coaches showed them a great time and everything. They loved it and they said all the coaches were down to earth."

So, how accurate was their description of Wisconsin and its staff?

"I really liked that all the coaches were down to earth and that Wisconsin has very nice facilities," White said. "It was a very nice atmosphere. The coaches will be down to watch me this spring."

White isn't the lone Raider being coveted by the Badgers, as two of his teammates (linebacker Vinnie Mauro and cornerback Cody Riggs) have also been offered by Wisconsin, which means defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has spent a lot of time at the school and a lot of time talking to White.

"We talk a lot," White said. "I didn't get a chance to see him when I was on his visit because his wife was having a baby the same day I was there. He's a real good guy and would like me as a running back."

Running for 933 yards for the Class 5A state champs and the 2008 high school national champions, White's goals are simple for this upcoming season.

"I just want to get better, nothing worse," White said. "I want to feed off last year, because I want to get over 1,000, if not more, this year.

"People are going to doubt us and especially this year, we're going to have a bulls-eye on our backs," he added. "Everybody is going to be out there to get us and it's going to take hard work in the weight room and in practice for us to repeat."

With that thought in mind, White isn't planning on rushing his college decision anytime soon.

"I will probably make my decision after the football season," White said. "I want people to come see me play during the season."

With the numbers he plans to put up, there is no question that dozens of coaches will make the journey for White.


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