There are no shortages of players who can play the defensive end spot especially in high school. But there are a few you come across that can not only play it, and play it well, but dominate anyone that’s in front of them from that position.
One guy fits that description and he resides at Crosby High School — defensive end Nathan White..
But the one thing I noticed about White was how much faster, and how much more dominate he was from his junior season to what he’s done through their first few games in the 2015 season. The phrase, “man amongst boys” might be appropriate here because every time he pushes someone around, and every time he used that swim move and burst by an offensive lineman to get to the quarterback, or hit the running back in the backfield, it never looks like he had a hard time doing it at all.
2014 Season Stats:
14 games played, 41 total tackles (26 solo, 15 assisted) 11 for a loss, 7 sacks
40 time: 4.9
You see so many players get missed and it’s really unfortunate especially when you have someone like Nathan White who has shown every bit the ability to play at the next level. The size, the strength, the explosiveness, and the domination of the offensive linemen opposite him. You wonder what recruiters are missing with him or what they aren’t seeing that they need to see in order to bring him in for a visit or at least offer him an invite to a camp to prove himself.
Scouting Report: Explosiveness off the snap and gets a good push against the opposing linemen. Great swim move to the outside, keeps his eyes on the football at all times and has the ability to wrap up on a tackle while still engaging with lineman. Feet and quickness are far better this season than they were last season as is his strength and wrap up ability. This is a guy quarterbacks will make sure to know where they are at all times and will run opposite his position. Doesn’t give up on plays, has the quickness to get from his position and chase down a quarterback or running back going the opposite way. Has the potential to only get better at the next level especially in the right situation.
There’s no question in my mind there are a lot of school who are missing out on an athlete like this especially a guy who can play both defensive end and defensive tackle for just about any team that needs him. Thus far he’s attended a camp for University of Texas at San Antonio but no offers just yet. Seems like someone hasn’t taken a good enough look at him. You just have to hope someone comes to their senses and sees what his coaching staff sees in him. Otherwise, White will just be another statistic of great players being missed by college recruiters.
I have to wonder if this defensive end will be another one or two star athlete outplaying the four and five star players on the stat sheets. Then leave everyone else wondering, “where did this guy come from?” Only a handful of us will actually be the ones shouting back, “we told you so.”