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High schools: Seminole's Papi White gets crash course in recruiting process

The senior running back verbally commits to Ohio — less than two weeks after he commits to Southern Miss.
by Scott Wright Published: February 2, 2014
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photo - Seminole’s Papi White, left, runs away from the Kingfisher defense during Friday night’s playoff game.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Seminole’s Papi White, left, runs away from the Kingfisher defense during Friday night’s playoff game. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

SEMINOLE — The rush of recruiting has flooded over Seminole running back Papi White the last two months.

A lot of Division I prospects started being recruited when they're sophomores, if not younger. But White stayed under the radar, and the world of recruiting didn't really open up to him until the second half of his senior season.

In November, he still didn't have a Division I scholarship offer, until Western Kentucky came along. Then Tulsa, Ohio and Southern Mississippi joined the mix.

And by that point, it was January, and there were only a few weeks left for official visits.

White verbally committed to Ohio on Friday, less than two weeks after he had committed to Southern Miss. Some might see that as waffling, or maybe uncertainty.

But it's more a situation of a kid getting a recruiting crash course less than a month before National Signing Day.

White took his official visit to Southern Miss on Jan. 17, and was enthralled by what former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken's program had to offer. He committed, then went to Ohio the next weekend.

And that visit went even better, so White suddenly found himself with a decision to make.

Both coaching staffs made visits to Seminole in the middle of last week, and White ultimately settled on Ohio.

“I think he got a little overwhelmed there at the beginning,” Seminole coach Mike Snyder said. “But he felt he fit in a little better at Ohio.

“Because of his personality, he hates to turn people down and tell them ‘no.' I think a young man grows up quite a bit in the recruiting process.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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