Louisiana's Top 2016 Prospect?

D. White photos courtesy of Lori Demoss Hughes

North Webster's Devin White is on the short list of top Louisiana freshmen...

A few decades ago a big, strong running back from the small north Louisiana town of Springhill made it to the NFL.

His name? John Stephens.

Fast-forward to the present as Devin White, a 6-3, 210-pound RB/LB at North Webster HS in Springhill, is drawing comparisons to Stephens in terms of his ability.

"I had 780 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns," White said of his ninth-grade season. "The year went good. I was only on defense at first because there were older running backs, but our starting running back got a concussion against Calvary (Baptist). I got in, ran hard and the coaches kept me back there after that.

"My biggest game was in the last regular season game against Booker T. Washington. We got a two-point win and thought we were fighting for a first-round playoff game -- but ended up having to travel in the first round. I had 224 yards rushing with two TDs and a big stop near the end to prevent a score."

White, coached by John Ware at North Webster, takes care of classroom business.

"I take honors courses and have a high GPA although I don't know exactly what it is," he said. "Report cards are about to come out."

LSU, Alabama, Baylor, Georgia, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oregon are early schools of interest, according to White.

"I think I'll be a linebacker in college," he said. "I'm aggressive. I really don't know how many tackles I had, but I had an interception and 50-yard return against North Caddo (where Ware previously coached)."

White is also known for his basketball skills.

"I'm doing good, averaging around 14 points a game," he said. "I had 23 against a Shreveport 4A school (Woodlawn) and 21 last night (vs. Captain Shreve)."

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