As the recruiting season winds down for the senior class, the attention will quickly shifts to the juniors. One Ohio junior, Patrick White of Pickerington (Ohio) Central, is already fielding offers and is now seeing some interest from several BCS schools.
"Cincinnati made an offer about two weeks ago, which was great," White said. "Akron offered last year after seeing me at a camp."
White is also hearing from some bigger schools and is keeping a mental inventory to keep things in order.
"Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia have all been checking in with me a bit," he said"I also just started hearing from Clemson."
When dissecting his possible destinations, White notes that academics, facilities and environment are the major factors as well as having a good relationship with the coaching staff. For now, he is simple weighing all his options.
"I'm keeping it open right, but if the right school offered and I felt comfortable, I would definitely commit early," White said. "I just want to participate in the upcoming camps to get a better feel for what's going to happen."
After a solid season and multiple offers, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder says a top group has began to emerge.
"Right now I have a top four – in no real order – of Cincinnati, Tennessee, Ohio State and West Virginia."
Even though he has worked with other members of the West Virginia coaching staff, White admits that Rich Rodriguez's departure could affect their standing.
White's size and athleticism makes him versatile enough to play both sides of the ball. While his strong suit may be on defense, his future collegiate position is a bit of a mystery.
Whether playing defensive back or wide receiver, garnering major interest shouldn't be a problem for this talented prospect.