FEATURED: Desmon White
Oct. 12, 2017
This feature article originally appeared in the TCU Gameday Program, which is free to all fans at each TCU football home game. Each week, GoFrogs.com will publish the features from the previous edition of the TCU Gameday Program.
by Kennedy Harvey, TCU Athletics Communications Intern
TCU starting wide receiver Desmon White has a long history of playing football, starting in fourth grade. “When I moved to Dallas that is when I started playing football,” said White. “Ever since then it has been my favorite sport.”
He continued to play through high school, where he quickly became well-known. In his senior year, White was named the AP Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year. White has fond memories of his high school career as DeSoto High School’s starting quarterback.
“It was fun playing for DeSoto. We had a great team and being the quarterback, I had a lot of people watching me. I had to lead them.”
No doubt, this position of leadership helped White, who is now in his senior year at TCU.
“It prepared me because I know how to lead the younger guys,” he said. “I know they watch me, so I try to do the right things. We play in front of a big crowd, so there are always people watching me. I have to lead.”
Although White was a star quarterback in his high school years, he knew that if he had the opportunity to play college ball, it likely would not be at quarterback.
“I kind of knew once TCU recruited me that I was going to move to receiver based on my height. I’m not a typical quarterback for the college level, so I knew from the jump I was going to play receiver.”
This was White’s first experience as a receiver, and he admits that it took some adjusting.
“It was pretty rough my first couple years,” he recalled. “I wasn’t used to running routes or catching passes, I was used to throwing them. You also have to block as a receiver, which took some time to learn, but I eventually got used to it.”
In the long run, his experience as a quarterback has helped him to become a more reliable receiver.
“Playing quarterback, you see a lot of things defenses do, and moving to receiver I still see those things, but from a different position,” said White. “I know what the quarterback is thinking, I see what he sees, so I think it helped me to get open and find open grasses. Kenny Hill and I see the same things, we connect on the same things. Because I played quarterback, I know what he is thinking in a lot of situations.”
Compatibility with teammates is something that White strives for, and is one of the reasons he chose to play for TCU.
“The players were all really tight and bound together. They all hung out together, they did everything together, and connection with your teammates is a really important thing.”
One player who he had a great connection with was Josh Doctson, who was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
“I looked up to Josh Doctson when he was here. I was a freshman, he was a junior and I got to play with him for two years. I saw the work he put in to get where he is at and I try to put that into my game.”
Prior to signing with TCU, White had the opportunity to watch some of TCU’s current professional athletes play in the Horned Frogs uniform.
White attended the 97th Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The TCU team, which featured players like Andy Dalton, now starting quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley, went undefeated during this season.
“I was like ‘Who is this TCU team?’ because they weren’t known, but Wisconsin was a big team,” recalls White.
“TCU won that game and ever since then I have been a really big fan of TCU. Now I get to play for them too,” said White.
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