Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Parkview's versatile White feels Razorback love
Little Rock Parkview's Jaylon White (6-3, 208) took an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Tuesday and could be back in Fayetteville pretty quick for his official.
White, one of 12 in-state 2022 prospects with a Razorbacks offer, is being looked at as a linebacker by Arkansas. He also plays quarterback and safety for the Patriots.
“It was really nice,” White said. “They showed me all the football facilities, the field, the weight room, where they eat and stuff like that. It was great.”
He was able to visit with Arkansas coach Sam Pittman, defensive coordinator Barry Odom and linebackers coach Michael Scherer.
“They are pretty cool people,” White said. “They seem like they are going to push you to be the best you can be and that’s what I want.”
Arkansas has been hosting official visitors in June with two more weekends available to do so.
“I’m thinking I might be up there next weekend, but I’m not sure yet,” White said.
White, who has a 38-inch vertical and a 315-pound power clean, had 59 tackles, 5 tackle for loss, 2 recovered fumbles, 2 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 1 blocked punt and 2 rushing touchdowns as a junior.
He has accumulated offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Louisville, Kansas State, Liberty, Charlotte, North Texas, Utah, Utah State, SMU, Tulane, Marshall, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis and Arkansas State.
The offer from Arkansas was the latest of those listed and came June 8, but the Razorbacks have ascended to the top for him because of it.
“(The Razorbacks) are definitely at the top,” Smith said. “This is the one I had been waiting on.”
Little Rock Parkview coach Brad Bolding was happy White became the latest Patriot to get an offer from Arkansas.
The Razorbacks signed quarterback Landon Rogers (6-5, 215), who White will take over for on offense, and have a commitment from 2022 Parkview tailback James Jointer (6-1, 210).
“I was really pleased,” Bolding said. “They had a good reason behind it. They assume that he wanted to play safety and he’s good to play linebacker.
“Since they have (linebackers) Grant Morgan and Bumper Pool that will be seniors, Jaylon will have a really good shot of coming in and playing his freshman year. They got to see him in person and were really pleased with his size.
"He is long and has the frame to put on a lot of weight.”
White noted he just wants to be on the field, no matter the position.
“It really doesn’t matter to me where they play me,” White said. “I like both (sides).”
He has an official visit to Kansas State scheduled for this weekend, but is not sure he will take it.
“It depends on how my dad feels,” Smith said. “It is the only one that we already have set up.”
Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.