SHREVEPORT, La. -- Thursday night at Northwood Stadium, Shreveport (La.) Green Oaks standouts Tre'Davious White showed everyone what all the fuss was about. He showed why LSU and several others made him a high priority, why Rivals.com ranked him one of the nation's best, and why teams across Louisiana will be doing all they can to get the ball out of his hands.
White was a weapon on offense, defense, and special teams for the Green Oaks Giants, leading the way as Green Oaks topped Fair Park 31-14. He posted five touchdowns Thursday with a lightning delay the only thing to slow him down.
The scoring began in the first quarter with White taking it in on a 10-yard keeper. White added a 28-yard score where he weaved through the defense to bring the score to 14-13 at the half.
Then came the momentum changer. The 82-yard touchdown return of the opening kickoff of the second half. It was a squib kick angling toward the Green Oaks sideline. It was being fumbled about by different players on the field and then White picked it up.
"Actually I had a previous kickoff return like that my sophomore year," White said. "When the defense sees the ball on the ground on kickoff they actually slow down and tense up, so I knew there was going to be a hole somewhere and I just had to find it. I found it. I had excellent blocking in front of me. There was a big hole on the left side. Anyone could've run that kickoff back."
Maybe "anyone" could, but in this instance it was White and it certainly changed the course of the game.
"That was huge. That was huge," Green Oaks head coach Spence Heard said. "What I told them was we needed to come out and have a good drive. Whether it comes on kickoff or it comes on that drive we need to come down the field and score. You can't ask for anything better than what he did. He had a fantastic game and I'm very proud of him. Hopefully we can feed off this win and it can carry us throughout this season."
Like his coach, White sees the game as a building block for the 2012 season.
"It's a momentum builder," White said. "We see what we can do when we practice hard, so that will motivate the team to keep practicing hard and be the best team we can be."
When it comes to recruiting, White is one the most highly regarded prospects in the country. As such, it would not come as a surprise if programs were continuing to pursue the Green Oaks standout. White says that is not the case, but it does not matter.
"LSU is the only school that's still on me," White said. "That's where I want to be. I don't see myself changing my mind because I know the definition of commitment. Commitment is what coach instills in us and I'm committed to the Tigers so I won't change my mind. My family always brought me up to know that when you make a decision you have to man-up on it. I made my decision so I'm not going to back off of it."
White is currently ranked No. 34 in the Rivals100. Thursday night he had rushing touchdowns of 10 and 9 yards to close out his scoring barrage, and on the defensive side of the ball he had a few tackles and did a good job of keeping the action away from his side of the field.
"He helps us in a lot of spots," Coach Heard said. "He's a wonderful athlete and we are very fortunate to have him."