Tuesday, January 1, 2013
'Shaq' White showing size doesn't matter
By Damon Sayles
SAN ANTONIO -- Despite carrying the nickname “Shaq,” versatile athlete Tre’Davious White (Shreveport, La./Green Oaks) is listed at 5-11 and 175 pounds -- and even he thinks that’s generous.
For a player of his size and stature, covering the oak trees that are the U.S. Army All-American Bowl West team wide receivers might have seemed to be mission impossible at first. As White continues practices, the task has proven not to be the ridiculous challenge he once thought.
A four-star LSU commit, White has held his own at cornerback against a receiver unit that features 6-foot-7 Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry), 6-5 Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy), 6-5 Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian), 6-5 DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) and 6-4 Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit). He’s also giving up 55 pounds to Seals-Jones and Smith, 50 pounds to Griffin and 35 pounds to John Diarse (Monroe, La./Neville).
“Coming into this game, I hadn’t guarded a lot of receivers like this,” White said. “I came into this a little nervous. I’m in the middle of basketball season now, so I haven’t been in football. Plus, I played quarterback for my high school.
“Going against Ricky Seals-Jones and Derrick Griffin and Jake Oliver and John Diarse and DeSean Smith -- that’s tough. You can’t slack off one rep, because every rep will count. You’ve just got to go out and make a name for yourself.”
If nothing else, White said the experience will be beneficial once he puts on an LSU uniform. White reconfirmed his commitment to the Tigers and said this week will help him prepare for what he will see in college on a regular basis.
“Out here, the receivers are big and physical. I know in the SEC, receivers are physical, and they love to block,” White said. “I’m working on things out here, and I’m getting visuals of what I’ll see at the next level.”