Wylie (Texas) East 2016 three-star athlete Aubrey White has already received considerable attention from across the country, and he counts offers from programs such as Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and TCU.
As he begins his junior season three college programs sit at the top of his early list of favorites.
"So far my leading schools are OU, Arkansas, and Maryland," White said.
He also has a few reasons why each program is standing out at this point in the process.
Arkansas: " The team, and coach Thomas helps his back become better. He points out the little things to help me be successful, and puts backs in the league."
Maryland: "Coach Powell is a great guy. He cares a lot and he shows his interest for me and checks on me when I send him texts. He will work with me to get me better to became an All-American at Maryland is what he said the goal was."
Oklahoma: "Coach Gundy is a great coach. The program is unbelievable and overall being under him is motivating. He'll push you to be the best, and nobody on the field would out work me."
In addition to his early list of leaders, he has developed a particularly strong relationship with a couple of college coaches.
"And yes, coach Joel Thomas from Arkansas and coach Powell from Maryland," White said. "They both keep in touch a lot and check on me. Great guys."
During the season, White plans to attend a few college games. Already on his schedule are Texas A&M vs. Arkansas, Arkansas vs. Alabama, and Oklahoma vs. Baylor. He also plans to name his top 10 list in November, and he currently does not have any order to his top three.
While recruiting talk and the recruiting process are on his mind, there is no doubt his focus is on the field with the Wylie East Raiders.
In the first game of the season, the Raiders separated in the third quarter for a 49-28 win over Red Oak and White had 12 carries for 41 yards. White and his teammates have big goals for 2014, and they are looking forward to what lies ahead.
"This season we are 1-0 so far. We play Mesquite Poteet Friday on TV," White said. "This year (my goal) is to rush for over 1,000 yards, and be fundamentally sound. I've been working on my footwork a lot this offseason and it's going to pay off. I will be committing after the season. We have a solid team this year and we should be making a deep run in the playoffs."
As a sophomore in 2013, White rushed for 563 yards and four touchdowns on 93 carries and had 10 receptions for 108 yards and another touchdown. He is currently ranked No. 68 in the Rivals.com Texas Initial Top 75 for 2016.