It didn’t take long for Zamir White to show he was a special talent at the Battle of the Carolinas Football Classic on Wednesday at Lumberton High School.
A rising junior at Scotland, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back only carried the ball three times in the Scots’ 28-0 win over East Bladen, but found the end zone twice on a pair of runs.
Ranked among the nation’s top five recruits by most recruiting services, White is considered the nation’s top running back in the 2018 high school class.
After rushing for 2,159 yards and 41 touchdowns last season, he received more than 20 college scholarship offers. Among them were defending national champion Alabama, national runner-up Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio State.
When asked which schools were pursuing him the hardest, White said, the “Tar Heels, (N.C.) State, Florida, Ohio State, ‘Bama, Clemson and Georgia, big time.”
White isn’t ready to name favorites among his suitors yet, and he doesn’t expect to make a final decision until next summer prior to his senior season, but he said he enjoyed his latest trip to visit the Tar Heels this past weekend.
“It was great,” White said. “(UNC running backs) coach (Larry) Porter and (Defensive coordinator) coach (Gene) Chizik are great coaches. I enjoyed it.”
With close friend and former Scotland teammate Jonathan Smith on campus as a freshman linebacker for the Tar Heels, White has become a regular in Chapel Hill.
Though, White said he’s not getting pressure from his close friend to attend North Carolina.
Known by his friends and fans as “Zeus,” for his physique and incredible athletic abilities, White has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and 100 meters in 10.5 seconds.
He’s been compared to a pair of backs from the Tar Heel state in Tarboro’s Todd Gurley, last year’s NFL Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Rams, and Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood, a rising junior at North Carolina.
Even with the accolades and nearly perfect combination of speed and strength, White still has a drive to get better at his position.
“I want to block better,” he said. “That’s one thing, blocking-wise.”
Often answering questions with “yes, sir” and “yes, ma’am,” White’s attitude is just as impressive as his ability on the field.
When asked how he’s handled the spotlight and pressures of being a top recruit, White pointed to the people closest to him.
“My teammates, coaches and family have helped me a lot,” he said.
Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.