Tuesday, December 13, 2011
WR Darius White to transfer
By Carter Strickland
AUSTIN, Texas -- Sophomore Darius White signed his papers to come to Texas almost two years ago.
He signed his papers to leave Tuesday, he confirmed. He has not determined where he will transfer.
"I sat down and talked to my mother and family and came to the conclusion that I really just need a fresh start," White said. "It's a difficult decision right now, but I'm just looking forward to making a difference at place with a new start."
The one-time highly regarded wide receiver never lived up to expectations at Texas. In 21 games he had six catches for 71 yards. In 2011, a year in which Texas was desperate for any receiver to break out and help out the struggling quarterbacks, White had five catches for 66 yards. His biggest catch, a 31-yard touchdown came at the end of a blowout win against Texas Tech.
He is the fifth player to transfer from Texas this season, but he was not the last.
Taylor Bible has also left the program because of issues with his grades, according to a source. Like White, Bible was a highly sought after recruit. But the defensive tackle from Denton Guyer never played a down at Texas.
Of the two, White's loss might be more impactful because of the upside he possessed. White was a Parade All-American receiver at Forth Worth's Dunbar High School. He was supposed to be the next in what had been a long line of big-time Texas receivers. As the season progressed and it became apparent White would not have a breakout year, Texas began to stockpile recruits to make up for their miss with White.
As for now, Texas has four receivers in the 2012 class. Two of those -- Cayleb Jones and Thomas Johnson -- are raked in the top four nationally at their position by ESPNU.
Just in the past two weeks Texas received commitments from two more receivers. Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas/Clear Spring), a one-time Texas A&M commitment, changed his mind and is headed to Texas. The Longhorns also grabbed Kendall Sanders (Athens/Athens, Texas). Sanders is rated as a top 10 cornerback n 2012, but should switch over to the offensive side of the ball in college.
Texas is still holding out hope for the nation's top receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. He and Jordan Payton are the only two top 25 receivers not committed.
Green-Beckham took an official visit to Texas during the Kansas State weekend and remains in contact with Texas coaches.
Carter Strickland covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation
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