Zamir White’s story brings to mind a skill set UGA fans are quite fond of.
The nation’s No. 1 RB for the Class of 2018 hails from North Carolina. He’s powerfully built and already weighs 209 pounds. The 6-1 sophomore from Scotland County High School is also a member of his school’s track team.
White is already clocking 10.7s in the 100 meter and wants to major in criminal justice when he gets to college. Before Mark Richt was fired, he had UGA as his leader.
He told DawgNation he had a good conversation with new head coach Kirby Smart on Monday night. It went so well he’s planning a return trip to campus to meet with the new staff on March 31.
“He said he wanted to get to know me real well and build a relationship with me,” White told DawgNation. “He also said that I am his top running back (for the class of 2018) now.”
Smart shared his opinion of White’s game during the call.
“He said he really liked how I used my size and speed to get to the hole and get downhill fast,” he said.
He also reassured him that Georgia football’s bread-and-butter on offense was still the same.
“He was just like they are not going to be changing up the game there at Georgia,” he said. “They are still going to run the ball. They are still going to run the ball a real lot. That was good to hear.”
It is interesting to know that White was already planning that trip at the end of the month prior to speaking with Smart on Monday night.
The conversation with Smart wasn’t the first contact he’s had with the new staff. New running backs coach Dell McGee had already reached out and started to get to know the elite prospect.
The 16-year-old said he does not have a current leader at this point, but that Clemson and North Carolina have been recruiting him the hardest over the last few months.
“I haven’t heard from Georgia as much as those others,” he said. “Georgia just pops in and pops out the last couple of months. But I can tell they are all real nice coaches and good people too, though.”
White took a recent visit to Clemson with five-star quarterback target Trevor Lawrence out of Cartersville High School. The two posed for a picture together.
“He’s real good people and a real cool guy,” White said. “If it works out where we play football in college together, then that would be pretty cool, too.”
White had 260 carries for 2,159 yards and 41 touchdowns during his sophomore season at Scotland County High School. He wears No. 34 because he admired Auburn legend Bo Jackson growing up. The North Carolina native has already gotten used to trying to measure up to Todd Gurley comparison for awhile now, too.
He’s already been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and had an interesting experience trying to attend the UGA-Alabama game last season. The sophomore standout’s journey to that game did not come easy. He was hoping to be in Athens earlier in the week, but couldn’t find a hotel room. So he opted to go to Notre Dame-Clemson instead.
Well, until he saw a hotel room open up. Then he was back in Athens.
“I just had to be at the Georgia game this week,” White said at the time. “It was a rival game and a big game.”
He was already well aware of UGA’s running back tradition at the time.
“The Georgia run game is really powerful,” White told DawgNation then. “It has always been. It seems like it.”
Had a great talk with Coach @KirbySmartUGA tonight!! ??
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Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.