Thursday, May 16, 2013
Introducing the class: James White
By Sam Khan Jr.
"Introducing the class" is a series in which GigEmNation conducts a Q&A session with each of the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class to give readers a closer look at each player individually. Today, we visit with Pearland (Texas) Dawson running back James White.
White, a 6-foot, 210-pound propect, was a three-star recruit who ranked 52nd nationally at his position. As a senior, he rushed for 2,185 yards and 28 touchdowns on 284 carries. That followed a junior season in which he amassed 1,840 yards and 23 touchdowns.
White was a first-team all-state selection and a first-team All-Greater Houston choice by the Houston Chronicle. Here's our Q&A with him:
GigEmNation: What made you commit to Texas A&M?
James White: It was close to home, and it seemed like the perfect place for me. When I went there, I loved the people and the coaching staff. They welcomed me with open arms and I'm just really excited.
GEN: What has life been like since your commitment?
White: It's been easy. Committing is the hard part, but after the commitment you're able to focus on things. I was able to sit down and focus on my grades, because I committed before football season. It was a relief, because I didn't have to worry about it.
GEN: Describe your first meeting with Kevin Sumlin. What was your first impression?
White: He's a really cool guy. I like him a lot. He's funny, and he's just really cool. I'm happy he's my coach.
GEN: What's your goal when you get to Texas A&M?
White: Just doing the best I can to get on the field, doing whatever they want me to do. I'm just ready to get down there.
GEN: Do you have a favorite memory associated with Texas A&M yet?
White: "The LSU game. I had a great time there."
GEN: When did you first get into football and why?
White: The surprising thing is that I was kind of scared to play any sport when I was younger. My parents thought that I was kind of a wimp when it came to sports. My older brother, from the get-go, he loved sports. But after awhile I started playing basketball, and I would go up to the park and play football. I think I was in fifth grade, I started playing [organized] football. Since then, I've been playing. Watching my brother was a really big part in why I wanted to play football.
GEN: Do you have any superstitions or routines that you have before games?
White: I usually wear this necklace all the time. My sophomore year about seven games into the season I got this necklace from Academy, it's like a Power Balance necklace. After I put it on, I started the next game, and I've never went through a game without it.
GEN: Who has been the biggest influence on your success?
White: "My dad. He showed me that if you put your mind to anything, you can accomplish anything."
GEN: What's on your pregame music playlist?
White: A little bit of Lil' Wayne, Drake, Eminem and Chief Keef.
GEN: What's your favorite thing to do outside of football?
White: Play video games.
GEN: If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?
White: Basketball. I'm not the tallest, so I'd probably have to be a point guard.
GEN: How have your accomplishments changed your life?
White: It has changed my life dramatically. It not only affects you on the field but off the field. Football helps transform you from a boy to a man, honestly. It's been a big influence on my life.
GEN: Biggest highlight in your playing career?
White: It's actually kind of a lowlight. It was my sophomore year, my first year on varsity, and I was getting into the groove of actually starting. I think it was my third game starting, and we were playing Manvel. I fumbled the ball, which lost us the game. It was big. Ever since then, I felt like that it was the turning point in my high school career. It helped me see that making a big mistake is not the end of the world, and that helped me out a lot. When you're a football player, you have to understand that you're going to fail sometimes. That helped me understand that meaning.
GEN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
White: If I'm not playing football, hopefully I'll be a chemical engineer or any type of engineer and having my own business on the side.
Major: Chemical engineering.
Favorite food: I really like all food, but I'll say Italian food.
Favorite NFL player: Adrian Peterson
Desired jersey number: I'm not sure what number I'll wear. Whatever number they have available is fine.