LUBBOCK, TX -- Quinton White visited a Texas Tech junior day for football recruits early this year, then crossed his fingers hoping a scholarship offer would come his way.
White had to wait several months, but the running back from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station accepted immediately when Tech assistant coach Tommy Mainord called with that offer Wednesday.
“I was nervous, because I didn’t know if Tech was going to offer me,” White said. “I’m a smaller running back. I’m not that fast. I originally committed to Tulsa and was pretty solid there. Then I got the offer today and was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. It’s for real.’"
White, who had been pledged to Tulsa since June, said he is 5-foot-8 and 188 pounds. The Rivals.com recruiting service ranks him as the No. 91 recruit in the state.
He said Tech makes sense for several reasons: He’s liked the Red Raiders for a few years. One of his best friends, A&M Consolidated defensive tackle J.J. Bynum, also is a Tech pledge. He likes catching the ball out of the backfield.
“I like their offense,” White said, “and (receiver) Detron Lewis went there who was a graduate from A&M Consolidated. I like what they did with him. It’s a good program to be in, and Tommy Tuberville’s a great head coach.”
White has been an all-purpose player for A&M Consolidated. On an 11-2 team last year, he carried 89 times for 1,201 yards and 15 touchdowns, caught 14 passes for 146 yards and punted 31 times for a 36.1-yard average. This season, he has 99 carries for 714 yards and seven TDs, 38 catches for 422 yards and four TDs and has punted 22 times for a 37.9-yard average. The Tigers are 5-4 going into the final game of the regular season.
He’s also averaged 23.4 yards on 27 kickoffs returns the last two years and 16.2 yards on 10 punt returns.
Asked what’s made him a Division I prospect, White said, “I think my vision and I can make moves on a dime, I guess. I’m explosive and I can catch the ball. I don’t go down easily.”
White said he also has gotten scholarship offers from Air Force, Army, Navy, Louisiana Tech, Texas-San Antonio and Texas-El Paso.
A&M Consolidated changed offenses in the offseason when it changed head coaches. The Tigers now run a spread, part of why White thinks he fits the Red Raiders. Under the previous staff, they ran a wing-T, and White flourished last year at wingback, averaging 13.5 yards per carry.
That sparked all the service academies’ interest in him.
White said he saw Lewis at A&M Consolidated’s game last week and has talked with the former Tech receiver several times.
“He was just telling me to keep my head up and the offers will come,” White said. “I was like, ‘All right, man.’ He stayed by my side, told me to keep playing hard.”
Tech has 19 oral commitments, which are non-binding. The national signing period begins Feb. 1.