As rising defensive end Donnie White Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet) enjoys his time off for spring break, he looks at his success rate for visiting schools.
Two junior day appearances, two offers.
White visited Arkansas for a junior day the first weekend of this month, and he left with an offer -- his first -- shortly afterward. He recently visited Western Kentucky for a junior day, and the Hilltoppers offered shortly after Arkansas did.
White, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound pass specialist, is expecting to have a breakout spring in regards to recruiting. He has several looks from schools who feel he can be a hybrid player, someone who can play either outside linebacker or defensive end in the right package.
“I think everything’s been pretty steady right now,” White said. “I haven’t traveled much, so the coaches really haven’t seen me. I think in the spring, I’ll get more looks. Some of the schools are saying they like me but they want to see me in person.”
White has been in contact with Tulsa, Boston College, Duke, Arizona State and other schools. He is planning on attending Tulsa’s spring game on April 7, and he is looking to visit Arizona State and Boston College later in the spring and summer.
White finished the 2011 season with 25 tackles and six sacks. While White may line up more at defensive end in high school, he may see more time at outside linebacker in college.
“If I play outside linebacker, I can stand up and move around more,” White said, “but it really doesn’t matter where I play. I just want to play.”