April 28, 2009

White makes stop in Madison

In the class of 2009, the Wisconsin Badgers were able to land two talented defensive prospects from St. Thomas Aquinas, a national powerhouse located in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Aquinas, which won a national champion last season, is loaded with talent again and Charlie Partridge is back in Ft. Lauderdale roaming the halls of STA in search of the next great prospect.

Monday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with one of those prospects, James C. White, to discuss the recruiting process and a recent trip to Madison.

"I talk to Coach Partridge a lot, they offered me probably about a month ago," said the 5-foot-10, 196-pounder. "It's a great offer. I went up there about two weeks ago to see the school and everything. It was a very nice atmosphere. I really enjoyed my time with the coach on my visit."

Partridge, a native of Florida, has ties at Aquinas and lured both Conor O'Neill and Dezmen Southward away from the Sunshine State in 2009.

With O'Neill and Southward already on board, Partridge has turned his attention to White and fellow 2010 teammate Vinnie Mauro.

"Vinnie plays on the baseball team, too. We talk a lot," White explained. "Conor did play, but he had surgery so he isn't playing this year. Yeah…I talk with them a lot. They always tell me to stay away from other schools. They tell me that Wisconsin and the Big Ten is a great fit for me."

While on a tour of the Midwest-making stops at Wisconsin and Iowa-White was offered a scholarship by the Badger coaching staff while visiting the campus.

"It's nice, it's very different from down here," he said. "It was a great opportunity for my family to see what Wisconsin has to offer.

"Iowa was different, too. I was surprised because I thought it would only be corn fields, but there is actually a downtown area. It was a very nice place, too. Then when I came back home I made a trip to USF. I wasn't able to see the whole school because I had a baseball tournament that day. It was real nice."

White, although extremely talented, isn't even the most highly toughed running back in his high school backfield.

Giovanni Bernard, who also attends Aquinas, is regarded as one of the elite running backs in the nation. Even though he shares carries with the four-star back, White admits the competition has been a motivating factor for both players.

"Gio and I are great friends," he said. "I love sharing the backfield with him. We feed off each other and that makes us both better."

As a junior, White helped lead Aquinas to a state and national championship while rushing for 933 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Wisconsin currently has two verbal commitments in the class of 2010: in-state prospects Konrad Zagzebski and Marquis Mason.

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