May 14, 2008

White ready to hit the camps

The Columbus NIKE camp was a great opportunity for unknown players to be discovered and known players to make their mark. Pickerington (Ohio) Central high school wide receiver/cornerback Patrick White is a known player with three offers already but it was also a chance for the 6-foot, 175-pounder to measure himself against other top competition.

White already has offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and Akron and last week had Illinois, West Virginia and Michigan all visiting his school and checking up on him.

"They all pulled my transcripts and both West Virginia and Illinois both want me to come and camp," White said. "They both said more than likely after camp that there should be an offer there. I am not going to listen to that until I perform well at the camp and see the offer in my hand."

Patrick is the son of former Buckeye and Mountaineer Terry White and no surprise has both schools in his top list of college destinations. The Wolverines have made a push as of late and it seems that White has made an impression on one of the Michigan position coaches.

"Michigan (Asst. coach Bruce Tall) told my coach (Jay Sharrett) that he was taking me back as the No. 1 guy to offer from his recruiting area so if that offer comes I don't know but we will just have to wait and see," White said.

With the NIKE camp in the books it is now time for White to turn his attention to team camps for the summer. Where will Patrick be spending his month of June coming up?

"I just signed up for the Ohio State camp on June 8th and then June 16th I will be out at Illinois and then the 29th I will be in West Virginia," White said. "I have got three camps already planned and some more may come up later or may not. We will just see how it goes but hopefully I wouldn't have to go to too many more because those three will hopefully offer."

Even with a list of a top eight at this point White admits that those three schools would be at the top of his list if they were all to offer him.

White has made a mark both at receiver and as a cornerback in his career. Have schools been looking more offense or more defense when it comes to projecting out where Patrick might end up playing in college?

"It really has been a mix because coach (Eric) Wolford from Illinois told me that when I come down to their camp they want to work me on both sides of the ball and see which one I do better at," White said. "I really haven't talked (about it) much with Ohio State at where they want me to work out at. I e-mailed coach Taver Johnson to see where they are looking at me."

White was joined by teammate Zach Boren at the Columbus NIKE camp on Friday. Jamie Wood was a no-show but White had a good time working out at the receiver position and felt that he held his own going against some of the top players for his class.

"I had a great experience and it was nice to go against some of the top players in my region," White said. "I felt that I fared pretty well against the competition and I made plays every time I lined up. Just seeing that and knowing that I can do those things in camps really boosts my confidence going into these summer camps."

White knows that he has to come into the Ohio State camp sharp and ready to go with it being his first team camp of the summer.

"I need to really work hard because that is going to be the first camp that I hit and I really want to go in there and do the best that I can," White said. "But I also want to do the best that I can at the position that they want me to play."

White knows what he would like to get out of the camp.

"Hopefully I can walk out with an offer and if not I will just keep working hard and maybe during the season I will get an offer," White said.

What is it about Ohio State that is so desirable for the Pickerington product?

"Ohio State is just a great overall place and it is close to home and it has one of the best football programs in the country," White said. "Plus if they did offer and I did end up going there I have two of my best friends going there and that would make a difference."

With Boren and Wood both already committed it would almost be a dream come true for White if he were to end up at Ohio State.

"Hopefully we could room together and play as teammates like we have since we have been in fifth and sixth grade all the way up through high school," White said.

But White maintains he is open, especially without an offer from any of his three favorite schools. Have either Jamie or Zach been getting in his ear about his recruitment?

"They are really letting me take care of my business," White said. "Whether I go to Ohio State or not it is going to be the right decision for me but they know that Ohio State is one of the top schools (for me)."


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