February 15, 2011

Arkansas cornerback checks out Ole Miss

Elijah White has switched states and switched schools in the past couple of years.

Through it all, however, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback has worked hard to refine his game.

That hard work has begun to pay off handsomely. White, a Conway, Ark., resident who moved back to the Natural State after spending four years in Arizona, picked up an offer from LSU prior to his junior season. Oregon, Arkansas and Arizona have since offered, and after spending a Saturday at Ole Miss, White believes the Rebels are close to joining that list.

"There's been a lot of hard work, so I knew I was going to get (offers)," White said. "I've just been working hard.

"(LSU) was really the big one, being my first offer going into my junior year. That was the biggest, and then everything else just fell into place. I just knew if I kept working hard in the weight room and just balled out this junior year, then it would all come out."

White said Ole Miss has told him the Rebels are "still in an evaluation period with (tight ends/special teams) Coach (James) Shibest. He wanted me to come here, meet all the coaching staff and let them watch my film. Hopefully, I can get an offer."

White said he's already been to a junior day at LSU. He plans to take in similar functions at Arkansas, Oregon and Nebraska in the coming weeks. He said he is planning to camp at LSU, Arkansas and several other schools this summer.

Early indications are the Tigers and the home-state Hogs will be tough to beat.

"I have a very good relationship with (Arkansas assistant) Coach Tim Horton up there," White said. "It's not really pressuring me, but it's my home state so I keep them high on my list, too.

"Decision-wise, I'm just praying and asking God which school He wants me to go," White said. "Ultimately, my faith in the Lord is going to guide me to a school. I don't want to rush into anything because I'm going to be there for four years."

Until he signs a letter-of-intent, however, White figures to be a hot commodity for several programs as he has a coveted skill set at a difficult-to-fill position.

"My strengths are jamming, bump-and-run (coverage) and being able to play off and switching up my game a little bit, reading three-step with the quarterback," White said. "That gives me an advantage over a lot of high school quarterbacks. At the D-1 level, every corner reads three-step. Not many high school players do it. Some of my weaknesses are flipping my hips. That's something I'm going to work on all summer."

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