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DeSoto QB Desmon White, 1,200-yard passer, commits to UNT
Desmon White woke up Wednesday morning without a major-college scholarship offer. He went to bed Wednesday night orally committed to play football at North Texas next season.
The call arrived at about 3 p.m., just as White, DeSoto’s hyper-athletic senior quarterback, was headed to practice. DeSoto coach Claude Mathis handed the phone to White, with UNT coach Dan McCarney on the line.
McCarney offered the scholarship. Hours later — after he mulled over the decision with teammates, coaches and his parents — White committed to the Mean Green.
“It’s my senior season, and I’ve been waiting on a D-I scholarship for a while now,” White said. “So I figured, why wait?”
It was a whirlwind 24 hours that answered the question that haunted White over the last few months. Yes, despite his size, listed as 5-8 and 160 pounds, he has the skill set to garner an FBS offer. Before Wednesday, Division II Harding University in Searcy, Ark. was his only scholarship option.
“[McCarney] said they’ve been watching me and have been seeing all the things I can do,” White said. “They want me to come in and play slot receiver and return punts a little.”
As a quarterback this season, White has completed 71.7 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,365 yards, 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has rushed for eight touchdowns and 585 yards for DeSoto (5-0), the state’s third-ranked 5A team.
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day a football recruit from the Class of 2014 can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 5.
DeSoto duo commits for basketball:
DeSoto boys basketball coach Chris Dyer said in an email that 6-7 senior post player Terry Maston has orally committed to Baylor and that 6-7 senior post player Devin Wyatt has committed to Loyola Marymount. They helped DeSoto reach the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals last season.
Nov. 13 is the first day that a basketball player in the Class of 2014 can sign a national letter of intent.
Trinity standout picked for USA minicamp:
Euless Trinity post player Myles Turner was added to USA Basketball’s men’s developmental national team minicamp, happening this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Turner (6-11, 225) will join Terrence Ferguson from Prime Prep at the minicamp.
Staff writers Greg Riddle and Corbett Smith contributed to this report.