Badgers' Bowl Performance Sells White

Only a couple days after New Jersey tight end Sherard Cadogan committed to Wisconsin based on how the Badgers utilized his position in the bowl win over Miami, St. Thomas Aquinas running back James White, a first-hand witness to UW's dominant ground attack, knew Sunday that he wanted to be apart of UW's running back tradition.

MADISON - When it came down to it for St. Thomas Aquinas running back James White, the running game at the University of Wisconsin was too much to pass up.

"It feels really good to pick the right place," White told Badger Nation Sunday after becoming the 23rd member of UW's 2010 recruiting class. "Coach Bielema weas very excited when I told him and they can't wait to get me on campus. They have a real good recruiting class coming in and I was excited to be apart of that."

Coming from one of the top high school programs in the country, the excitement level for the Wisconsin coaching staff is understandable, seeing as White, a three-star athlete and rated the 71st-best running back in the nation by Scout.com, was one of the top players on UW's recruiting board.

Finishing the season with over 1,000 yards rushing and over 200 yards receiving with around 20 total touchdowns, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound White delayed his decision so he could watch his two finalists - Wisconsin and Michigan State - play its bowl games and how they use the running backs in its system. The results from UW's win over Miami speak for itself.

"It was a good experience," said White, who traveled to the game with teammate and Badger target Vinnie Mauro. "It was a great trip, a good decision to go up there and watch the game to experience for myself, seeing what they did on offense in person."

With his decision behind him, White can focus on training for baseball season and his improving his body for the next level. More importantly for Wisconsin fans, he can start using his recruiting pitch on Mauro.

"I plan on getting ready for baseball so I can keep training and getting in shape for the college level," White said. "I know it's not going to be a cake walk. "I talk to Vinnie all the time. We are real good friends, we play baseball together and actually train together. I talk about Wisconsin to him all the time."

White - who also had offers from Clemson, North Carolina State - joins Brookfield Center (Wis) running back Jeff Lewis in the 2010 recruiting class and former Aquinas teammates Conor O'Neill and Dezmen Southward in Madison.


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