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January 24, 2008

Prospect Evaluation: Pat White

A Junior Jumpoff alum, Patrick White already holds scholarship offers from Akron and Cincinnati.

He posted a solid showing at the 2007 Columbus NIKE Combine. Standing at around 6-0 and weighing in the 175 range, we like White's size and potential to add more weight, though he looks thick on tape.

He has some wiry length to his frame as well. The next quality we absolutely love is his desire to catch the football at the highest point, whenever he has to jump, dive or leap.

White attacks the ball with his hands and shows tremendous ball skills. As a receiver or defensive back, it's clearly evident White can catch in a crowd.

He'll even make some interceptions on defense that make you wonder if he thought he was playing receiver, as he'll concentrate as the ball come into his solid hands.

He's a smooth overall athlete that plays with more functional strength than he tests for.

He plays as a physical corner back, who will come up and stick his nose in run support.

Playing in system that mostly employs off zone coverage principles, with some man coverage, he shows great range.

His close is nice, but it helps that he sees the football so well and plays with great instincts to go make a play on the ball and/or receiver. As a receiver, he'll run his routes, and get the football up field in a hurry.

White isn't overly sudden nor does he possess a strong, explosive burst. On tape, we would of liked to have seen him coming out transition more, giving us a chance to see his change of direction ability.

We also saw a need to work on his initial stance as a corner back, and e was too high while in his back pedal with his feet showing no urgency.

His overall top end speed may come into question at this point, as his burst of speed seems to be more methodical. We'd compare it to a diesel fueled engine, as he wont fire out, but after he gets going, he'll pick up speed.

A player we'd compare White to is Daymeion Hughes, a former corner back at Cal.

He also reminds us of current Ohio State defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, due to his size and speed ratio coupled with his versatility on the back end of a defense.

White would be a great fit in a defense that run a Cover-2 zone scheme, or he could become a solid, intermediate threat receiver.

As we stated earlier, the question for him is WR or DB? We feel defensive back is best spot for him, as we think due to his ball skills, range, instincts and potential size, Patrick White has the makings of a great free safety. That's how we feel, but hey, how bout you watch him and decide for yourself.

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