August 29, 2008

California safety plans ASU official visit

With two senior starters at safety and not a lot of scholarship depth, Arizona State is targeting a number of prospects at the position for its 2009 recruiting class. One of their top targets is Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North athlete Lester White.

White, a two-way starter, comes from one of the better programs in the Inland Empire area of California and figures to be the Husky's top prospect this year. He currently reports offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Fresno State, Nebraska, Oregon State, San Diego State, UNLV and Washington State. He also has Arizona, UCLA and USC showing interest.

"Recruiting is going good," White said. "I am going to visit Nebraska and Arizona State for sure. I also like Oregon State and Boise State."

White missed two games in 2008 because of an injured ankle. The injury lingered on this spring and caused White to not be at his best at the SPRAQ combine. White is now healthy and sahd he has run the 40 yard dash in 4.48 seconds and is now up to 210 pounds. J.W. North head coach Scott Pearne previously gave a scouting report on the talented athlete.

"Everyone who has come by really likes [White] a lot," Pearne said. "I wasn't here last year but after watching his film, this kid is an incredible player. He's a devastating hitter and he's a big kid with a great frame."

White has been impressed by his new coach and is looking forward to his senior season.

"I like Coach Pearne," White said. "We are looking good. I'm pretty excited. I'm looking forward to Centennial. It is a little rivalry and close town. My goal is to make it and win. I stat wise want 90 plus tackles, three or more interceptions and another three turnovers (created) and at running back over 1000 yards rushing."

White, who is the 39th ranked player in California according to, describes himself as a playmaker. He is starting to plan out his five visits and plans on taking his time making a decision.

"I am probably going to make a decision later on," White said. "On my visits I want to see what the campus lifestyle is like, I want to see the coaches. I want to see strength and conditioning coach. I want to see the depth chart too. [My Decision] will be based on a combination of all of those things."

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