Top LB from Cal has Big 12 Offers

Name: Scott White
Position: Inside Linebacker
School: Mission Bay
City: San Diego, CA
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 230 pounds
40 Yard Dash Time: 4.58
Vertical: 32
Bench: 305
Squat: 420
GPA: 2.85 (core)
SAT: 1110
Scott White is a tremendous football player. He has
been included in the same sentence with past greater
San Diego County prep greats Marcus Allen, Junior
Seau, Rashaan Salaam, Terrell Davis and Ricky
Scott returns as the only junior to make the San Diego
Union Tribune All San Diego County First Team last
season. He was also the Western League Defensive
Player of the Year and garnered first team All
Conference and All CIF honors. Cal-High sports named
White to its First Team All State on defense. "That
team included (Rivals100 member) Manual Wright. It
was kind of neat. I was honored," said Scott.
During his stellar prep career, White has played
wherever the team has needed him: quarterback, tight
end, wide receiver, fullback, tailback. But he has
made his mark on defense and his stats are quite
impressive. Scott made 181 tackles last season, 99 of
which were solo stops. White said, "My goal was 200
tackles for the season but I sat out during the 4th
quarter of a lot of blowouts." He also had seven
sacks, six caused fumbles and an interception. All
this on the heels of a sophomore season where he had
71 tackles and scored a touchdown playing fullback
while participating in less than half a season. Since
CIF rules prohibit the participation in varsity sports
for students less than 15 years of age, Scott had to
miss the first seven games during his sophomore
campaign. "I was kind of disappointed. But I played
the last three games of the sophomore season and all
the playoffs," said White.
Entering his senior season, Scott White won't turn 17
until October.
Two-a-days ended August 24th for the final time at
Mission Bay High School. School starts on the 28th as
Scott White prepares to lead his team in defense of
their CIF championship that they won by defeating
Lincoln High last season. "I played against a guys
who I had played football with since Pop Warner. I
have played with (2001 Washington State commit) Dwayne
Wright since we were 6 or 7 years old in Mighty Mites.
He was a load. I felt bad because I hit him in the
fourth quarter of the championship game and he had to
leave the game. He ended up being the San Diego Union
Tribune Player of the Year last year. I'm glad he got
it but I was kind of disappointed that I didn't get
it; but we won the championship and that is all that
matters." Many people in and around San Diego County
felt that Scott indeed should have received that
The senior campaign begins at Escondido High School on
September 7th. Prospects for a return to the CIF
championship game look good as Mission Bay returns 7
offensive and 10 defensive starters.
So, has Scott been hearing from many schools? "Oh
yeah, every school_it seems like every school in the
country. I got my very first letter from Purdue when
I was a sophomore. I sat there and read it four
times. Now it's getting a little out of hand."
"Recruiting isn't really on my mind though," said
White. "I think about it, but not too much."
Scott estimates that over 60 colleges have contacted
him so far. He has received verbal offers from the
likes of Kansas State, Texas A&M, Arizona State,
Arizona and UCLA. He has received written offers from
Oklahoma, Washington, San Diego State, Colorado,
Colorado State and Notre Dame. "I keep going back and
forth on whether to get it over with and go ahead and
commit to Oklahoma," said Scott.
So who is recruiting the hardest? "It is hard to say.
I get so much stuff that it is hard to pick one out.
Stuff comes in every day."
White was asked, given that he had mentioned Kansas
State, Texas A&M, Colorado and Oklahoma, if he had
heard from other teams in the Big 12 like Texas or
Nebraska? "Oh yeah, Nebraska hasn't offered yet but I
get lots of letters from them - they seem to be
recruiting me pretty hard. But I haven't heard from
Distance definitely will not be a problem, as Scott's
five projected official visits would indicate.
Although no official visits are set, he currently
might visit Oklahoma, Florida State, Washington, Miami
and Michigan.
Oklahoma [8]
-"First - Bobby Stoops_can't say enough _our
quarterback coach played quarterback with stoops at
Iowa and told me a lot about him."
-"I spoke with (San Diego Charger) Jermaine Fazande at
a camp here and he said, "You'll like it a lot there.'
-"Most of all, they have a sophomore, Teddy Lehman
starting in the middle_I can come in and play early
Florida State [10]
-"If Florida State offered, that's where I would go.
Jennings, a senior is starting; Hudson, a junior is
backing up, so I could come in and get a lot of reps
-"I love them, they're my dream school. I like their
schemes and everything."
Washington [8]
-"Everything up there_great facilities. I speak with
Coach Neuheisel often_we have a great relationship. I
like Coach Meyers a lot too."
-"The only thing holding me back is Rick Neuheisel
leaving for the pros_if I knew for sure he'd stay,
(then) I would consider them a lot more."
Michigan [8 or 9]
-"I'd really love to go there too. I don't know too
much about them. I was looking at the depth chart and
they weren't too deep at inside linebacker_I'm really
excited about that."
Scott's parents prefer that he go to a California
school, UCLA or Southern California, but will support
whatever decision he makes. "But if Florida State
offers, that's were I'll go," said White.