Around northwest Louisiana Devin White quickly caught attention as a freshman in 2012. He was big, he was fast, he was strong, and he was just beginning.
At 6-foot, 225-pounds, White has been clocked at 4.5 in the forty-yard dash and recorded a vertical over 30-inches. As a freshman he started at linebacker and running back for Springhill (La.) North Webster, recording 80 tackles and rushing for 845 yards.
It did not take long for word to spread from northwest Louisiana, as he began to make the rounds on the summer camp circuit in June. Stop one was Baton Rouge, and the Tigers liked what they saw as White worked at running back throughout the camp.
"When I first went to LSU, that was my first camp in my life," White said. "I didn't know too much about what to expect, so I just wanted to go down there and show them I was athletic. When I got the offer I was like man this is crazy. I was really happy the whole time."
The offer came as a bit of a surprise, but it was certainly welcomed.
Next was a stop at Baylor for their camp in Marshall, Texas. Baylor didn't offer but they let him know they liked what they saw.
"He was like I like what I see and I want to give you a chance to come down and visit the university and show you how it is," White said. "He is going to keep in touch with me."
The next day he did earn an offer from Louisiana-Lafayette following the Ragin' Cajun's camp in Shreveport. He also attended a Louisiana Tech camp, before heading to Alabama for yet another offer-earning performance.
"I really did well down there because I knew what to do and when I go there I knew they were watching me so I did real well."
He closed out the summer with a strong performance at the LSU camp in July, and was also able to participate in the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge in DeSoto, Texas.
"That was the best camp I went to all summer," White said of the Underclassmen Challenge." It was real fun and I enjoyed it. It was good seeing a lot of other prospects in the nation so that let me know what I was up against and who is in my class. Shoot I just want to make it to the [Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge] next year, so I hope I perform well enough to get to that."
It is safe to say it was a productive summer. He picked up offers from LSU, Alabama, and Louisiana-Lafayette, and has seen an increase in college interest as word of his accomplishments began to spread.
At this incredibly early point in the recruiting process, both the Tigers and Crimson Tide have left a strong impression.
"LSU and Alabama are at the top right now, but I've been hearing from USC, Florida State, Nebraska, and a couple of more schools," White said." But I think those two standout the most because they are interested in me more than the other schools because they have already offered."
He plans to take a few unofficial visits to Alabama and LSU this season, and may also check out Louisiana Tech to see Kenneth Dixon, who White says is like a brother to him.
With all the recruiting attention, it would be easy to get overwhelmed, but White is staying grounded and is ready to get back to work on the football field. He is already seeing the experience and instruction he received this summer pay off.
"I learned a lot at the camps so when I came to high school it made it a lot easier," White said. "I've been running all my routes and my footwork has been better. I look like a complete running back."