White generating some interest

White generating some interest

Van Alstyne defensive end C.J. White is picking up interest from a few programs.

Van Alstyne, Texas isn't your typical small town program. For starters, in 2012 they will play in class 2A after a successful run in class 3A. In 2011 the Panthers finished 9-4 after advancing three rounds in the class 3A playoffs. Now with the move down and several key players returning, they're primed for another playoff run.

Of course with the success there has to be at least a few good players, which Van Alstyne has plenty. In fact, the Panthers boast two players who already hold D-1 offers; 2013 offensive tackle Alex Mayes and his younger brother Connor, a 2014 center. They may be the only 2A program in the state with two players holding college offers.

Yet, it's not just the Mayes brothers drawing attention. Another player that has intrigued college coaches since spring evaluations began is 2013 defensive end C.J. White. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder moved to Van Alstyne from Garland prior to his junior season and immediately made an impact.

So far schools such as Minnesota, Houston, North Texas and Air Force have expressed an interest in White. For him, the recruiting interest isn't something he could've thought of this time last year.

"Recruiting is going pretty good right now, I have a couple of schools looking at me," he said. "A year ago I would've never thought this would happen.

"A year ago I never had varsity experience and every time I watched them I felt like those kids were a lot bigger than me. Then over the summer I got bigger, faster and stronger and when I got on the field I could handle it."

White says he's received advice from his head coach, Mikeal Miller, on what he needs to do to continue drawing interest. "Coach Miller is telling us to stay humble and keep working hard and then you'll have more opportunities if you do what you need to do," he said.

White had the opportunity to visit one of TCU's practices during the spring and came away impressed with what he saw from the Frogs.

"TCU, they have top of the line facilities and the coaches know what they're doing," he said. "They're one of those elite programs now; they're at the top of the line. They got something good going over there."

Does he have any favorites at the moment?

"I like them all right now," he said.

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