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DeSoto's Desmon White, other area seniors faces challenges of gaining college attention
What more does Desmon White have to prove?
The diminutive quarterback has run circles around defenses for DeSoto this season — and that’s saying something when the opposition includes Arlington Martin, Tulsa (Okla.) Union, Euless Trinity and Cedar Hill.
White, a senior, ranks fifth among 5A quarterbacks in the area with 1,003 passing yards and 11th among rushers with 439 yards on the ground.
But at 5-8 and 160 pounds, White has yet to receive a major-college scholarship offer. His lone offer to date is Division II Harding University.
“It’s been a little frustrating, I’m not gonna lie,” White said. “But I can see why they’re doing that. It is what it is. I just try to keep playing football and know that everything else will take care of itself.”
White’s size appears to be the only thing standing in the way of more offers, and other standout seniors in the area can relate.
North Mesquite running backs Ta’Varius Luke and Corey Hunt are waiting for their first offers. Luke, at 5-5 and 160 pounds, ranks second among area 5A rushers with 707 yards and four touchdowns.
Hunt, who checks in at 5-11 and 190 pounds, sits fourth in the area in rushing with 584 yards and eight touchdowns.
North Mesquite coach Mike Robinson said he’s sent out hundreds of emails to colleges at every level regarding both players but has yet to receive a single response.
“[Recruiters] look at their size and then they don’t give a second look and are ready to move on to someone else,” Robinson said. “I wish they would just take a look at some video and see what they can do.”
Sachse quarterback Kent Myers has been one of the best passers in the area for each of the past two seasons but so far has only drawn an offer from Air Force.
Myers, at 6-1 and 185 pounds, has good grades, has attended camps and had an outstanding junior season. Last year he threw for nearly 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns. He’s on pace for similar numbers this season — completing 70 percent of his passes and owning a 16-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
“I don’t think it’s beaten him down as much as it’s frustrating to the coaches,” coach Mark Behrens said. “You see a kid out there performing and you think ‘What are they looking for? What else do they have to do?’”
White said he’s willing to do whatever is needed to help a college program win, whether that means staying at quarterback or moving to a position like slot receiver.
DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said White would be one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the country if he were five inches taller. Even so, Mathis is confident White’s size wouldn’t impede his success at the college level — even if he remained at quarterback.
“He can do it all,” Mathis said. “He can be a drop back quarterback. He can be an option quarterback, a play-action guy, a pocket quarterback. His size does not limit him at all.”
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