Jawara White (6-1 ½, 207, 4.5) did it all last season for Henderson High School and almost never left the field as he played running back, wide receiver, tight end, linebacker, and defensive end.
An ASWA 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection as an athlete, White totaled 88 tackles, four sacks, and six forced fumbles on defense to go with 410 yards rushing and 375 yards receiving on offense. He also averaged 25 yards per punt return and 28 yards on kickoffs that supported the athlete label that the Alabama Sports Writers Association handed down.
With all the time he spent on the field White surely did something to catch the eye of many different schools.
“I have 10 offers now, from Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama, UAB, Florida State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Troy, and most recently LSU,” he said. “I’m also getting stuff from Oregon and Florida.
“I’ve talked with coaches from Southern Miss, UAB, Auburn, Alabama, and Florida State, and coaches from all those have been by the school to see me along with Memphis and LSU.”
White attended a spring practice at Auburn a few weeks ago and made a visit to Florida State last week, but with spring practice starting this week he has no plans to make any visits the next few weeks and is unsure about his plans for the summer as well.
“College is not on my mind at the moment,” he said. “I have seen too many people slack off and not try as hard their senior year because they’re worried about recruiting. I’m focused on winning a state championship, and right now that means only worrying about spring practice.”
Once White does turn his attention back to recruiting, one of the schools he is looking to learn more about is LSU after receiving his verbal offer from the Tigers last week.
“Coach Cooper came by my school last Friday,” White explained. “He told my coach that they were offering me, and that I should expect the letter in the mail this week. He said they are recruiting me as a weakside linebacker, which is basically where I play now when I play linebacker.”
Starting this year, playing linebacker for LSU means playing under John Chavis, who White is familiar with from his years at Tennessee.
“I went to the Auburn-LSU game last year, and I was impressed with how fast LSU played,” he said. “And now with Coach Chavis there they will be even faster. His linebackers at Tennessee were always stout. And he seems like he was kind of ahead of the game because he’s always used fast linebackers.”
White says when he does start focusing on recruiting again the Tigers can expect to get a serious look from him.
“I’m very interested in LSU,” he said. “They have great tradition. You can’t ignore a school that’s been national champions twice in the last few years. I’m going to look at LSU very seriously.”
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