Stepping Stones: Kortlin White

Rockdale running back Kortlin White has the combination of size and speed that makes the scouts drool with thoughts of a potential big time back.

White who is 5'11 201 pounds sports 4.5 speed in addition to his 265 pound bench press and 405 pound squat max. White has started for the Tigers since his sophomore season, racked up 333 yard and 2 touchdowns rushing in 2005 as he split carries with a senior running back. That season RHS posted a 3-7 record.

In 2006 Rockdale struggled going 2-8 under new Head Coach Jeff Miller. Kortlin however, posted even better numbers earning second team all 18-3A honors rushing for 1047 yards and 9 touchdowns. White is extremely explosive as he boasts a 32 inch vertical leap. Those raw numbers combined with White's production on the field has caused his stock to skyrocket since the end of the 2006 season.

White besides being the key cog for the Tigers on the football field is also a member of the RHS track and basketball teams. "I think my biggest strength is my vision, I am also a patient runner and that really helps me see the holes develop. I want to work on getting stronger and accelerating better through the holes this off-season," said the Rockdale RB.

Kortlin also comes from solid bloodlines as his cousin Jermaine Dawson currently plays for the University of North Texas Mean Green under new Head Coach Todd Dodge and his dad played running back for the Minnestoa Golden Gophers. TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas, Texas A&M, North Texas, Baylor, Arizona, Iowa and Vanderbilt have all shown early interest in White who says at this time he doesn't have any favorites.

Last summer Kortlin impressed scouts in mini-camps at the University of Houston and at the University of Texas, he also kept busy playing seven on seven for the Tigers. Look for White this summer in mini-camps at Texas, North Texas and he'll also be trying to lead the Tigers to the seven on seven state tournament. Rockdale will be playing in 3 7 on 7 State Qualifying Tournaments this summer. Locations include Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas State University in San Marcos and A&M Consolidated High School.

Earlier this spring Kortlin and good friend DePauldrick Garrett from West Orange-Stark High School attended Baylor's spring game. "Me and DePauldrick are pretty tight, we may end up going to school together. We talk on the phone all the time, he's my boy. I think we may end up checking out Texas Tech," said the Rockdale back.

White, says location along with academics and a potential chance at playing time will play key roles in where he lands. The Rockdale senior to be says he will likely major in Kinesiology when he gets to the college of his choice, however don't look for any rush decisions from Kortlin who will likely wait until the conclusion of his senior season to make a decision. "My number one goal is to make the playoffs, personally I would like to get 20 touchdowns and possibly 2000 yards."


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