James White commits to the Aggies

Texas A&M picked up commitment No. 11 on Sunday -- a commitment considered one of the top running backs in the 2013 class.

ESPNU 150 Watch List running back James White (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) gave the Aggies his verbal pledge on Sunday. A bull of a back at 6 foot and 196 pounds, White chose A&M over offers from Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Texas Tech and several other schools.

White attended A&M’s junior day on Saturday and gave coach Kevin Sumlin and his coaching staff his word afterward. White will bring a power back with agility to the Aggies backfield, as he rushed for 1,840 yards and 23 touchdowns his junior season.

“It feels pretty good,” White said of the commitment. “I feel like it’s a great honor to even get an offer from A&M. I’ve been down there before, but junior day was a great experience. The people are really fun to be around. They were open arms to everybody. I had a good time.”

White said it was Sumlin’s offense that caught his attention when he was coaching at Houston. The ability to balance out an effective run game with a dynamic passing attack made White want to put on the A&M colors when Sumlin was named the new head coach.

“I thought their offense fit me perfectly,” White said. “Plus, it’s only an hour or two away from my house. I wanted to stay close to my family.”

White helped Dawson advance to the Texas Class 4A Division I state semifinals in December, before the team lost to eventual champion Lake Travis. He averaged seven yards per carry and also caught 12 passes out the backfield for 148 yards and a touchdown. White additionally showed his durability, toting the ball 263 times on the year.

He hopes to be just as much the go-to workhorse for A&M in due time.

“I wanted to make a decision early. It was a little earlier than what I wanted, but I’m fine with my decision,” White said. “Now, I can focus on the actual football season.”