August 29, 2006

White's ready to go

Linus had his blue blanket for security.

But for four-star quarterback Logan Gray his security blanket is a 6-foot-4, 213-pound tight end named Aron White. Every time Gray needs somebody to come through for him in the clutch, he knows he can look to White to make the big play.

So that's why it's no surprise the two have become extremely close friends. And just like Gray did earlier this summer, White will announce his decision at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at a news conference in front of local media, family and friends.

"I am going to have a press conference like Logan did," said White. "It is going to be on Wednesday at 3:30. It will be at Rock Bridge where I can announce it with all my family and friends there with me."

There's a good chance the Gray and White connection will continue to hook up in college. Gray is committed to Georgia, and White has narrowed his choices to three schools with UGA in the mix.

"It is down to Arizona State, Georgia, and Missouri," he said. "I liked other schools, too, but I got it down to those three.

White said the decision making process has been a tough one. He's been tugged in a number of different directions.

Arizona State has the weather and features one of the top offenses in the nation for tight ends. They love to play-action pass with tight ends and run a lot of two tight end sets. Zach Miller[d/b] is a star for the Sun Devils, and White could easily come in and wreck havoc on Pac 10 defenses with his amazing athletic ability.

Missouri is the home-town school and that's been recruiting him for several years now. His head coach A.J. Ofodile was a standout for the Tigers before he went on to the NFL. The Tigers also have two of the top tight ends in the Big 12 with their spread option passing game, and sophomore [db]Chase Coffman quickly is becoming one of the nation's top tight ends.

Georgia also has a great tradition at tight end and coach Mark Richt always makes it a priority to get his tight ends involved in the Dawgs' passing game. Throw in the fact that Gray is already heading to Georgia and White can keep that connection, it might make for a deadly combination against SEC defenses.

But White says he won't pick a school based upon where Gray is going. He has to this for himself.

"I'm not going to say it wouldn't be fun to play with one of my high school teammates and closest friends," White said. "But I will make my decision for me."

No matter what school gets him, the lucky program is getting a major prospect.

Ranked as the No. 4 player in Missouri and the nation's No. 14 tight end overall, White is right on the verge of moving up to four stars and after a solid early start he could easily make the leap up. Ofodile, a former tight end himself, thinks the sky is the limit for his star tight end.

"He's the total package," Ofodile said. "One of the things underrated about Aron is how big he's going to be. I think he'll be a guy in his freshman year will be at 255 pounds. He's the type of guy that will be tough to match up with. He'll create a lot of mismatches and make big plays."

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