Darius Does it All!!

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Dunbar High School located in the Stop Six area of East Fort Worth has long been known as hoops powerhouse, led by the famed former HC Robert Hughes, the "Flying Wildcats" are often listed as a perennial state title contender. Now the success for DHS is translating to the gridirion where Dunbar made the playoffs in 2007 and rolled to a 9-2 record in 2008 and the District 7-4A title. The main cog in Dunbar's rise to football prominence is 6'4 200 pound WR Darius White who has emerged as quite possibly the best WR prospect in the state.

Darius who sports an impressive 40 inch vertical leap at this time along with 4.5 speed in the forty is a three year starter for Coach Todd Lawson's Wildcats. As a sophomore in 2007 White hauled in 29 passes for 745 yards and 11 touchdowns for an impressive 25.7 yards per catch, Darius also returned four kicks for touchdowns. Those numbers earned Darius first team all 7-4A honors, 2nd team all area honors and 3rd team all-state honors as named by TexasPrepInsider.

2008 was even better for the Dunbar speedster as Darius had 40 receptions for 1057 yards and 16 touchdowns for an astounding 26.4 yards per catch average, White also returned one kick for a touchdown and had a 92 yard touchdown run this season. Those sensational numbers earned Darius first team all 7-4A honors again along with first team all-area and all-state honors.

It's not just on the football field where Darius excels in fact he's a four sport star for Dunbar as he averages 16 points per game for the Dunbar hoops team, he qualified for regionals as a sophomore last year in the high jump, but he also plays first base and pitcher for the baseball team at DHS.

"My biggest strength is my speed and my hands, I can go up and get the ball," says White who this summer is looking to get stronger so he can be more physical and also become a more refined route runner. As for playing more than one sport in college, "It's a possibility, someone giving me a chance in basketball might play a role in where I wind up," said the Dunbar junior who also mentioned graduation rate and campus atmosphere as two key deciding factors.

Darius is hesitant to name a favorite although from all indications Texas is a slight favorite. Besides Texas, Darius listed Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma as his top six. White currently holds offers from Oklahoma State, Florida, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Utah among others. Darius could get that coveted Texas offer on March 15 when he plans on visiting Texas.

There's no timetable set for a decision for White at this time but one thing for certain is that White wants to lead the Wildcats on a deep run in 2008. "Losing to Stephenville in the first round of the playoffs was tough, we thought we had a chance to win it but it slipped away from us in overtime. This year I'm hoping we can make a deep playoff run."


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