'Under the Radar' Palo Duro Athlete Might Not Stay Under the Radar

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By Eric Nahlin, Inside Texas Recruiting Coordinator
Posted Oct 11, 2012
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Charleston White

Since our move to Inside Texas I've gotten away from writing about under-the-radar prospects and instead typically write about the players that are committed to Texas or are a possibility to do so.

 That said, when I see a kid that I believe can play at Texas I'll write about him just in case Longhorn interest evolves. Last week Inside Texas poster StrangerInTheAlps introduced me to Amarillo Palo Duro athlete Charleston White in the form of Hudl highlights. The normally reserved Stranger was pretty confident in his thinking that White was a diamond in the rough.

 

Take a look for yourself: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/504429/#highlights/22424380

The interception and subsequent return at about the :30 mark will certainly get your attention, but the next play, while much more unassuming, told me much more about White's ability. On that play, he diagnosed immediately and used elite closing speed to make the tackle in space. That's the type of closing speed you don't see every day and it's evident elsewhere in his highlights.

White's an athlete in the truest sense. Usually when a player wears the athlete tag it's easy to identify where they'll play in college, but not so with White. I can easily see him on either side of the ball, either at flanker or corner.

The other day when Chevoski Collins committed I said I like guys that can play either safety or slot, but that it's more rare to find a player that can play out wide on both offense and defense. That's because of the explosive ability that's required to play either.

 When I first wrote about KD Cannon I lamented that he could play either side of the ball in college, and that's who White reminds both me and StrangerInTheAlps of. Cannon of course will play wide receiver in college out of preference, but he could be a difference making corner with his long 6-0 frame.

White is not only similar to 2014's Cannon in his explosive duality, but also when it comes to build. He's 6-0 and 170 pounds soaking wet, but he's still a willing tackler on defense and blocker on offense.

After seeing his highlights last week, they stuck with me throughout the weekend. I couldn't for the life of me understand why he didn't have a Rivals profile or offers. I must be missing something, right? I felt too confident in my friend's original opinion and my own on White so I got in touch with him to find out why I've never heard of him. I guess being from Amarillo Palo Duro is one reason, but that's a poor one.

Eric Nahlin: What's going on, buddy? Someone sent me your highlights and I can't figure out why you don't have 20 offers.

Charleston White: Ha, I don't know either.

EN: Do you have any yet?

CW: Yes sir, I have offers from New Mexico and Nevada.

EN: Good, I feared you have yet to receive one. Are any other schools close to offering?

CW: I don't know how close they are to offering, but I'm hearing a lot from Texas Tech, Baylor, Colorado State, and Arizona State.

EN: That's not bad, things are starting to make sense now. Those are some good schools.

CW: Yeah, I'm not sure if ASU offered or not. They said I have an offer on the table, but I was kind of confused with the way they said it.

EN: They'd be wise to clear that up. You'd be a good weapon in the Pac 12. What position are these schools recruiting you to play?

CW: All of them like me at receiver other than Tech. They want me at defensive back.

EN: TECH??? They want you on defense?

CW: [laughing] Yep.

EN: That's not the Tech we're used to hearing about.

CW: Nope, they said they like my height at defense.

EN: Sure, there's a lot more 6-0 receivers out there than corners.

CW: That's what they said.

EN: Do you have any visits planned?

CW: Yes sir. I'll take official visits to Nevada, Colorado State, and New Mexico. I'm not sure about the other visits yet.

EN: I wouldn't be surprised if more schools come calling. Last year Texas ended up with a player that didn't even get his first offer until October.

CW: That would be cool if more schools came calling. I appreciate you doing this.

EN: You're the one doing all the work, not me. So I have to ask, how are your grades?

CW: My grades are real good. I'm 65th in my class of 443 students.

EN: After talking to you I didn't think there would be problems there. What are your stats so far for the season?

CW: I'm not sure how many catches I have, but I do have a 70 yard pick six.

EN: Yeah, I saw that. That was very nice. What's your record?

CW: We're 4-1 (Palo Duro is in district 3-4A).

EN: Did you have a favorite school growing up?

CW: I always liked the University of Oklahoma.

EN: Oh man, here I am about to post this on a Texas board during Red River Rivalry week. Do you not care that I'm going to get blasted by my readers?

CW: [laughing] Sorry man. I went to the game last year. We sat right where the two fan bases are divided. It was crazy.

EN: Yes it is. Not much else like it in sports. Well I can't end on that. What else should I know about you?

CW: I have a teammate with some offers, Montrel Meander. He's 6-3 and runs a 4.40 40.

EN: Really? I'll take a look at him for sure. What's your 40?

CW: My best is a 4.37.

EN: That'll work. Thanks for your time. Let me know if you hear from more schools. I'd be surprised if you didn't.

CW: No thank you, I really appreciate it.

I took Charleston's suggestion and took a look at Montrel Meander and again, I came away very impressed and decided to get in touch with Palo Duro head coach Steve Parr. He relayed to me that some of the reason that his star duo has been under the radar has to do with Amarillo's isolation and White missing most of spring football when college coaches came through.

 Meanwhile, Meander had the benefit of qualifying for the state track meet in the 200 meters. When you're a 6-3 football player you're going to get noticed and many schools have, with the bigger ones being Texas Tech, Colorado and Houston. With his combination of size and speed, Meander makes an intriguing prospect and could play anywhere from receiver to maybe even outside linebacker. Coach says it's possible that he gets up to 220 pounds in college.

Here's Meander doing the antonym: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/504430/#highlights/2634450

As far as visits go, Meander's plans are only tentative, but my words of advice to the two would be to take as much time as possible with the process. Colleges are sort of in a holding pattern when it comes to recruiting as they try and "hold onto their jobs" as Coach Parr put it.

Bigger schools will come for both of these players. But how big is the question.

 

 

 

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