White didn’t get a ton of early run as one of Texas’ top recruits, but following his senior season, most recruiting analysts considered the Pearland Dawson back one of the state’s two best runners and a consensus top-20 player in the Lone Star State. College coaches picked up on the fact that White is an elite-level backfield talent. A&M beat out Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Baylor and Texas Tech, among others, for his commitment.
Following a sophomore season in which he ran for 596 yards with seven touchdowns and averaged a healthy 7.7 yards per carry, White entered his junior season as a well-known commodity. In 2011, he stepped off 1,840 yards and 23 TDs on 263 carries (7 yards per carry). Also an excellent receiver out of the backfield (White really impressed me as a pass-catcher during a one-day camp two summers ago), James grabbed 12 passes for 148 yards and a score to take his total yardage production to just under the 2,000-yard plateau. White’s 2011 season highlights include 11 100-yard games and a pair of 200-yard efforts.
As a senior, the rangy 6-foot tailback added significant weight without losing a step. Carrying 220 pounds while still looking very athletic and slim, James elevated his game to another level. White topped 175 rushing yards in eight of 13 games and exceeded 200 yards on five occasions. For the season, the workhorse ran for 2,185 yards and 28 touchdowns on 284 carries to be named Class 4A first team All-State, All-Greater Houston and District 24-4A Offensive MVP.
As his growing frame and steadily-increasing production indicate, White is a rapidly-improving runner who has just begun to scratch the surface of his tremendous potential. James is already bigger than all but one of the backs on A&M’s roster. He also has a longer, leaner frame than an average back. He projects to about 6-feet, 230-pounds with good speed by year two on campus. White’s size allows him to run with power between the tackles, but he also has legitimate sub-4.5 speed and can just as easily hurt a defense with long outside runs. Combine his size and speed with good hands and a willingness to block and you have the makings of perhaps the state’s most well-rounded tailback. He’s a perfect fit for the Ags’ spread offense.
Stats2010: 77 carries for 596 yards and 7 TDs
2011: 263 carries for 1,840 yards and 23 TDs; 12 receptions 148 yards and 1 TD
2012: 284 carries for 2,185 yards and 28 TDs; 8 receptions for 137 yards and 1 TD
Honors2011: 24-4A First Team All-District
2012: 4A First Team All-State (AP); First Team All-Greater Houston (Chron)