Coaches Come In-House for White

With his season coming to a sudden halt, St. Thomas Aquinas running back James White has started to put the finishing touches on his recruitment. Down to four schools and with head coaches starting to drop in for visits, White feels his decision is coming sooner than later.

MADISON - With a chance of a third straight 5A Florida state title and a second straight national title, St. Thomas Aquinas running back James White wasn't planning on focusing on his recruitment for a couple more weeks.

The recruitment is back on White's forefront after the Raiders were defeated by Bradenton, 28-20, in a Class 5A state semifinal

"It doesn't take away from our career, but it's real disappointing that we ended that way," White told Badger Nation Sunday. "It happens and we have to move on, but we didn't want it to end that way. We senior have to move on for college and the juniors have to get us back to state."

Now White is sitting down with the goal of making his official decision during his winter break, which starts this Friday, and will pick between Clemson, Michigan State, North Carolina State and Wisconsin, four schools that all rank evenly in his eyes after his official visits.

After trying to win him over on their campus, the head coaches are trying to win White over with in-home visits. Coach Mark Dantonio and tight end coach Mark Staten stopped in for Michigan State and representatives from Clemson also made the trip to Fort Lauderdale last week.

"It was nice to get the whole side of things going on at Michigan State," White said. "They really want me and they said they need a running back, which means that I could get some playing time early."

This weekend, White is expecting to host UW Coach Bret Bielema, but isn't sure if he is going to watch the Badgers in the Champs Sports Bowl in person.

"I think he's coming this week," White said of Bielema. "Wisconsin has a great program going on there and do a lot of good things. It seems like that they would like to have me up there. I am just weighing my options and see what works for me."

White – a three-star prospect that is the 70th-rated running back in the country by Scout.com – is hoping to give himself a decision for a Christmas gift.

"I am trying to get it done during Christmas break," White said. "I will be excited when I pick one college and can look forward to playing."


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