HOUSTON -- The season didn't end quite the way he and his Pearland (Texas) Dawson teammates would have preferred, but running back James White had a memorable year.
The 6-foot, 210-pound three-star running back was one of Greater Houston's top ballcarriers, compiling a whopping 2,185 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on 284 carries for the 12-1 Eagles, who finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in Texas Class 4A but had their season cut short in the third round of the state playoffs.
The Texas A&M commitment was honored for his stellar season as one of 10 finalists for the Touchdown Club of Houston's Dick Peebles Offensive Player of the Year award.
The award went to Manvel (Texas) High School quarterback Shane McCarley, but White was honored to be at the head table with the other finalists.
"It's a great accomplishment," White said. "Being up there with all those guys, they're talented. Just being one of the 10 finalists, man, that's phenomenal."
White wishes he was still playing this week in the Texas state championships at Cowboys Stadium, but still feels like he gained a lot from the Eagles' strong season.
"I gained a lot of good friends and that's what football's about at the end of the day, family," White said. "Yeah, it ended early, but at the end of that game, hugging those guys and stuff, I know I'm going to have a lot of good friends in the future."
Now, White will turn his attention to the track. He'll run for the Eagles in the spring semester and get ready to join the Aggies in the summer. A solid commitment, White was ecstatic to see quarterback Johnny Manziel win the Heisman Trophy.
"I was jumping up and down [when he won it]," White said with a laugh. "It's going to be pretty cool playing next to a Heisman Trophy winner."
Leaving one successful football program for another is an exciting proposition for White.
"I'm thrilled," White said. "It's a little overwhelming. I'm just excited and I'm ready to get up there and play football."