Other schools like to claim to the title of “DBU” as the program who develops the most defensive backs who play in the NFL, but the last few seasons that honor belongs to the LSU Tigers, and their next great product is developing quickly.
Tre’Davious White is a freshman cornerback who has started the last two games vs. Kent State and Auburn and the former five-star recruit is likely to be there the next three seasons before leaving for the NFL. In the NFL he will be joined by recent LSU All-American corners in Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne in addition to role players Tharold Simon and Ron Brooks.
The Shreveport native from Greek Oaks high school was ranked as the No. 2 cornerback by 247Sports and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Louisiana. White was one of the biggest risers in his class last season going from the No. 178 ranked player before his senior season to the No. 9 player at the time he signed his letter of intent in February on national signing day.
He was a talented athlete in high school who had multiple games throwing, running and catching touchdowns while also contributing in the return game, but as a freshman corner it remained to be seen if he could come in and make an immediate impact. Heck, it’s difficult for any freshman tomake an immediate impact anywhere let alone the SEC at a place like LSU.
Man I can feel myself getting better as a player , and I’m becoming a better student of the game !! TW16 #TigerNation
— Tre’Davious D. White (@T_White11) August 24, 2013
Well after four games White has been a revelation for the Tigers and already has 17 tackles, forced a fumble and defended a pass. The scary thing is he hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface to how he can be. Granted potential is a big word, but he seems to have all the tools you look for in a true shutdown corner.
Perhaps it’s a bit premature to say he’s the next Peterson, Mathieu or Claiborne, but even though the secondary coaches have changed, I’m not going to bet against LSU’s history of producing All-Americans at the position.
White and LSU will be tested this Saturday against Aaron Murray and the No. 9 passing attack of Georgia, but White likely isn’t intimidated and rather is probably champing at the bit at the increased opportunity at his first of what should many interceptions while at LSU.