May 7, 2008

White has Orange on his mind

Washington, D.C., offensive guard Peter White remembers it as if it was just yesterday. White, an eighth-grader at the time, was looking into attending St. John's College High. That's where he met current Tennessee linebacker Rico McCoy, who at the time was a senior at the D.C.-area school. He watched McCoy go through the recruiting process and now four years later, it's White who has college coaches coming to the Nation's Capital.

"It's going real well," White said. "I been talking to the coaches a lot since they can come see me. They want to see what I look because my body isn't the same."

When you look in to the Rival's database, White is listed at 6-foot-4 and 344 pounds. That weight was from his sophomore season. Over the last year, he has worked hard to get in better shape, and he's seen a big difference in his conditioning.

"I definitely see a big difference," White said. "Last offseason, my dad and I ran and worked out hard. That really helped, and it's helping my conditioning. I wasn't as well conditioned, and it helped going both ways."

White's dedication to redefining his body started after what he says was a mediocre sophomore campaign.

"I didn't play that well as a sophomore," White said. "I've seen a difference in the way I've blocked. It's easy to run block early in the game, but it was hard late in the games. After you make your initial block you have to get a safety or linebacker and late in games my stamina has been there."

Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, Miami, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Tennessee are all schools that sit high on White's early list. And in talking to White, Tennessee appears to be in solid shape at the moment.

"Tennessee is definitely high on my list," White said. "Everything stands out. I'm an offensive player, but I like their defense. I really like coach (Phillip) Fulmer, and they compete at a high level in a top conference. Rico always told everyone how much he loves Tennessee."

Fulmer's reputation as a former offensive line coach is a positive that White likes about Tennessee.

"It definitely helps," White said. "He came up and watched workouts in January. The first time I met him he reminded me of my offensive line coach in high school."

White hopes to trim his long list of schools down to one by the end of the summer.

"I hope to make a decision this summer," White said. "I don't want to drag this out. I want to go see all the schools this summer. I want to go to the best place. It doesn't matter if it's in Maryland or California as long as it's the right fit.. Academics are big because I want to major in history or education and become a teacher someday."

White says he and his parents are planning a trip to Knoxville in late June or early July to check out Tennessee and will visit other schools over the course of the Summer. rates White as a 4-star offensive guard and a member of the Rivals250 in the class of 2009.

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