January 26, 2010

Recruiting insights from Curtis White

Sheldon high school star Curtis White last saw Jesuit standout Keanon Lowe on the field in the State title game as the Sheldon Irish topped the Crusaders 50-43. Lowe was almost unstoppable that game, scorching the Irish for 310 yards and six touchdowns in the loss. Fast forward a month to San Antonio, Texas at the Army All-American game. The first day in the Lone Star State the two met again.

"When I got there Keanon just said 'Tell me about Oregon'," began White. "We had just played for the State title so we knew each other fresh from competition. We knew what we could do and we just talked about it. We talked about him playing receiver and I actually got him to call Coach Kelly the first night I was there. I also got D.J. Morgan to call him, and Josh Shirley."

At the time of the Army bowl, Lowe was committed to the University of Washington. White was undeterred. The hard-working high school senior let Coach Kelly take it from there.

"Coach just did his thing," explained White. "He talked to them about how he saw them. Keanon wanted to be a receiver and a spot opened up for him. It wasn't too hard you know. He has got a girlfriend who plays soccer at the U of O and he's always wanted to play here. He and I plan on being roommates. All that came together and made it an easy transition for him."

Another of the players White discussed recruiting with was another Oregon standout, Owamagbe Odighizuwa out of David Douglas in Portland.

"Honestly, I think he's going to Nebraska," confessed the Sheldon star. "He just loves the defense they are presenting to him. I know his mom loves Oregon. He's pretty reserved and I respect him for that. But I think Nebraska has got him, unfortunately. I hope I'm wrong because I got a first hand look at what a stud he is."

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