July 16, 2009

Dual-threat QB adds SEC offer, names top five

Ryan White wants to be a college quarterback.

He'll have that chance, too.

However, several of White's preferred suitors are recruiting him as an athlete, hoping to move the 6-foot, 185-pound speedster from Tallahassee (Lincoln), Fla., to wide receiver or cornerback.

Earlier this week, Ole Miss became the third Southeastern Conference school to offer White a scholarship, joining Arkansas and South Carolina. The Rebels, like the Razorbacks and Gamecocks, are recruiting White as an athlete.

"I heard about the offer through an email they sent me," White said Thursday. "We talked two or three times before that. (Tallahassee native/Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Vaughn has a good name over here as being truthful. He came from the same school my parents went to (Godby). I like him."

Ole Miss, White said, has talked to White about playing wide receiver. The Rebels will almost certainly try to lure White to Oxford by showing him the popular "Wild Rebel" formation, one that Houston Nutt used with great success last season with wide receiver Dexter McCluster and running back Brandon Bolden sharing most of the "quarterback" responsibilities in the package.

"It's OK," White said. "I'm not going to be upset about it. It's a great school and I'm pretty fired up about the offer.

"South Carolina has brought that up too. (Gamecocks assistant coach) Jay Graham knows I want to play quarterback and he understands that. That's one of the things I like about South Carolina. He told me if I go to South Carolina, I'd play 10-12 plays a game at quarterback and play wide receiver too."

Not surprisingly, Ole Miss and South Carolina highlight a top five that includes East Carolina, Georgia Tech and Southern Miss. Other schools that have extended scholarship offers to White so far include Indiana, Illinois, South Alabama and Iowa State.

"I see me as a college quarterback, but I also see myself as a D-1 prospect," White said. "I feel like I can make an impact wherever I go. If a coach sees me and thinks I can make myself better and reach my ultimate goal of playing in the NFL at another position, I'll try to make a positive out of it.

"I do want to play in the SEC. That's where the best talent is, but I also want to go where the best education is. Nowadays, talent is spread out all over. The deciding factor will be academics and location."

White said he wants to major in accounting, business or sports medicine in college. White, who was 76-for-161 passing for 1,053 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, added 640 yards and six touchdowns rushing. He said Thursday he's in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'm definitely not trying to get done this summer," White said. "Most of my scholarships are based on next year. Those teams want to see me play quarterback a little more."

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