I talked to DeSoto coach (and unofficial manager of the DeSoto pipeline to UNT) Claude Mathis this morning to get his take on Desmon White.
White, a 5-8, 160 pound senior, committed to UNT last night, as you heard here first on the blog.
UNT will use White as a slot receiver/kick returner. UNT essentially sold White on the idea of playing a role similar to the one Brelan Chancellor has had with the Mean Green for several years now.
Chancellor is great with the ball in space. So is White.
“He will fit in anywhere because he can play anywhere,” Mathis said. “He will be able to make the transition to playing in the slot in college. He is very quick and fast and also brings a lot of intangibles to the table. He has handled all the situations he has faced here playing against some of the best teams in the state.”
Mathis makes a great point. White has played against some of the best teams in the state and fared well.
He also has the type of game-changing speed UNT has tried to add to its roster since Dan McCarney took over the program.
The angle that is interesting to think about is how White fits into UNT’s oft-stated goal of getting not only faster, but also bigger across the board.
White is pretty small and will really only fit in as a slot receiver/returner on the college level. UNT waited pretty far into the year to finally offer him a scholarship.
UNT also has a commitment from another wide receiver who might project as a slot receiver in Fonzale Davis, who is 5-11.
Bottom line, I like the addition of White. I like the speed he will bring and the fact he is another player to come out of that DeSoto pipeline, but it is interesting to see UNT take a player who is pretty small for the FBS level. That’s something UNT has hesitated to do the last couple of years.