April 29, 2009

Alabama linebacker drawing major interest

Jawara White doesn't start spring practice until Monday.

The outside linebacker from Troy (Henderson), Ala., figures to draw quite an audience when he takes the field to begin preparations for his senior season.

White, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, has at least nine scholarship offers already. However, six schools seem to be recruiting him the hardest, and White expects to see coaches from that half-dozen in the Wiregrass over the next few weeks.

"Auburn, Alabama, UAB, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Florida State are the ones recruiting me the hardest right now," White said Tuesday night. "I'm still wide open."

White, a track standout who runs the 100-meter and four-by-100-meter dash and competes in the triple jump, was too busy this spring to make any unofficial visits or check out any spring games. His summer plans are still incomplete, but the lack of travel shouldn't be mistaken for apathy. He's keeping up with the program pursuing him, and one of the schools he's doing homework on is Ole Miss.

Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., is spearheading the Rebels' recruiting efforts, and so far, White likes what he's heard.

"He seems like a straight-up guy," White said. "The Ole Miss program seems like they can be tops and one of the best."



White, who also has offers from Arkansas, Kentucky and Troy, said he feels no pressure to stay at home in Alabama to play his college football.

"It doesn't matter," White said. "Wherever I feel at home, that's where I'll go. I want to see the players and coaches together and how they interact. I want to see them when the cameras aren't there and how they really act."

White said his game is built on "smartness and speed. Those are my basically my strengths and when I watch film, I can remember the little stuff they do, and I love to hit."

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