March 15, 2009

White makes most of shortened Junior Day

Livonia, Mich., tailback Austin White had a complication - a district championship basketball game -- yet that didn't stop him from attending some of Michigan's Junior Day Friday. White intends to finish his visit soon …

"I had to leave early, and I felt bad because I wanted to see the 'Night of Champions' and stay for a practice so I'm going to get up there in a few weeks, to see a practice," said White, 6-0, 186-pounds. "I did get to talk to Coach [Fred] Jackson, listen to some advice from him. I was introduced to Coach [Rich] Rodriguez and did as much as I could before I had to leave."

White's team won its game, by one point, so he has a hard time feeling bad for leaving early. Besides, he was treated to a special sit-down conversation with Jackson before he left.

"I really liked him," White said. "He was very straightforward. Didn't guarantee me playing time or anything. He's the kind of coach you know you can trust and know he'll care about you. I want to be surrounded by good people and they are good people there [at Michigan]. I definitely felt comfortable when I was there."

As the afternoon unfolded, White broke into a group with other running backs and said hello to Chelsea, Mich., tailback Nick Hill.

He didn't get a chance to socialize much and wanted to catch up with four-star Inkster, Mich., quarterback Devin Gardner and Ann Arbor wide receiver Jeremy Jackson. Jackson was the first U-M commitment in the Class of 2010 while Gardner will officially pledge to the Maize and Blue soon.

"I think it's great that Devin is going to go there," White said. "The coaches were telling me that Devin is there and Jeremy and 'All we need is you.'

"Both of those guys are great fits for that offense and I know I can be too. They're good guys too. It's nice to know they're there because I want to go someplace where there are good people and talented kids so that we have a good time and win lots of games."

White has already taken unofficial visits to Illinois, Iowa and Michigan State, and has been impressed with each trip. He was expecting Michigan to wow him too, and it did.

"I really liked it; I had a good time," White said. "I wish I could have stayed around longer but I enjoyed it when I was there.

"It's hard to compare it to those other places and say one leads because everyone treats you really well and shows you the very best of what they have to offer. But I definitely had a good time."

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