DeSoto QB still waiting for Division I offer despite stellar record

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA Sports

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 11:28 PM

DeSOTO -- The DeSoto Eagles are ranked second in the area, third in the state, and sixth in the nation by MaxPreps.

They play as tough a schedule as anyone and they're 3-0, and haven't won a game by fewer than 24 points.

Desmon White is the quarterback for this team. He has eight touchdowns, no interceptions and leads the team in rushing. But he has only one scholarship offer to play quarterback in college, from Division-II Harding University in Arkansas.

"You know, it is what it is," White said. "People have their opinions, we have our opinions. There's nothing we can do about it, just gotta keep playing."

When you see Desmon White, It's easy to see why no Division I schools are recruiting him to play quarterback.

He is 5-foot-8 and weighs about 140 pounds.

But his resume is as good as anyone's.

White led DeSoto to a 14-1 record and the state semi-finals in 2012, throwing 34 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions. He also rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 12 more scores.

"You can't judge his heart," said DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis. "You have to understand that this is a young man that makes plays and loves the games, and he's doing it out here against great competition."

Put Desmon in front of scouts wearing shorts and throwing to uncovered receivers, he doesn't look like much. Put him in the state quarterfinals against Southlake Carroll in 2012, when he threw four touchdown passes and ran for another, and he's the best player on the field.

"I try to bring everything to the game," he said. "I watch guys like Russell Wilson - and he's a short one - Drew Brees. I watch all those guys and try to do the same things they do, just make plays out there."

He can also draw inspiration from Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who could become the third quarterback in the modern era to be drafted in the first round, despite being 6-foot-1 or shorter.

And while Desmon doesn't have any Division I offers yet, he does have a lot more games to prove that he should.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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