Woodside DE Tyreece White (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Texas, Dez Bryant, and virtuous patience: Woodside DE Tyreece White is prepared to make a statement
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Have you ever had a kolache before? If you haven’t, you have no idea what you’re missing. My wife is from Houston, Texas and every time we visit my mother-in-law we always make sure we stop at Shipley’s to pick up both a batch of donuts and a batch of kolaches. These delectable delights are one of the many things I’ve encountered throughout my time in the Lone-Star state most notably right outside of Sugarland. However, when thinking about Texas, Shipley’s may not come to mind for some people.
Others may focus their attention on their attention on how well the Astros are playing or how the Rockets couldn’t blow up Golden State holding a stick of dynamite.
For Woodside starting defensive end Tyreece White (2020 DE 5-11 200), Houston represents the city he was born. It represents years of watching Tony Romo attempt to guide the Cowboys to a Super Bowl title and also the fall out between Dez Bryant and the brass upon which Jerry Jones rests upon. While White has grown up enamored with the ability of players such as Michael Vick and Von Miller, his allegiance from the time he first started watching football until the present rests with Dallas.
“I was born in Houston, but I grew up in North Carolina,” White explained. “At the same time, I spent most of my time here in Newport News. I heard that my dad played football and he would tell me stories when I was little. After I saw my first NFL game I loved it ever since. I’ve always been a Cowboys fan, but I remember watching Michael Vick and Tony Romo early.”
White also spends a lot time watching the Von Miller’s of the world due to the undersized nature of his frame. Over the last two seasons he’s been a formidable defender off defensive line for Coach Danny Dodson over at Woodside. White wasn’t able to make much of an impact during his freshman season, but he was given a little more responsibility as growth and trust began to take over. The Woodside product has logged huge minutes since his sophomore season and attributes his biggest concern early on to not allowing himself to remain patient with the process.
“You’re not going to go out there and have a great day every day you go on the football field,” White stated. “At the same time, you always have to go out there and find a way to improve even if it’s just doing 20 pushups at night before you go to bed. Know that if you get beat you can come back from it and realizing that really did take a lot of patience.”
Unfortunately, the Woodside product is not immune to adversity. After getting the opportunity to be more productive on the field during his sophomore season, White fractured his shoulder which could’ve caused him to change the direction of his goals. It also could’ve also caused him to play with a sense of hesitancy that may have put himself or even his teammates in danger. Instead, he used that passion to help guide the Wolverines defense to yet another dominant season.
“One thing I learned is that you just can’t go out there and play scared,” White said. “You have to keep playing and if there’s something wrong you have to let people know. You can’t play through pain. Being undersized I know there are going to be people bigger and stronger than me, but no one is going to outwork me.”
Despite having a remarkable season on the Wolverines defense, White felt as though he didn’t take advantage of as many opportunities as he should’ve a year prior. This off-season he’s taken a more concerned approach towards becoming one of the better linemen within the Peninsula District.
“I’ve learned that I do need to get better if I plan on going anywhere and I’ve learned from the mistakes I made during the off-season last year,” White explained. “I have a different mentality this year also. I used to make a mistake and think it was okay. Now I tell myself that I can’t make those same mistakes and if I do, I have to clean it up and do more things right next time.”
White has also changed his approach to the way he’s been conditioning this off-season which has included running more and even trading in the asphalt for the swimming pool at times. He hasn’t been afraid to think outside of the box this off-season and he also hasn’t been afraid to ask for help.
The changes White has made with the turn of the season has put him in a more comfortable position when it comes to his recruiting status. The goal throughout the rest of the spring and into the summer will be to ensure White puts himself in the position to perform in front of multiple collegiate coaches. The Woodside enforcer was able to secure his first offer from Rose-Hulman just a few days ago which should get the ball rolling before the start of the regular season.
“The offer was very unexpected,” White stated. I was just sitting at lunch and then I received the news that they wanted to offer me. It was definitely an honor, because I know that they’re a school known for engineering and that’s a program that I plan to study. It’s just something to push and motivate me moving forward.”
Expectations for White and the Wolverines remain high as they continue to be one of the more consistent programs within the Peninsula District. Since 2007, Woodside has advanced to the playoffs 11 times with its only break coming in 2012. The Wolverines will have to make the adjustment from Class 6 to Class 5 which really won’t hit them until playoff time. The switch opens up possible match ups with Highland Springs, Henrico, Varina, and Manchester among others. In retrospect, the road to a championship may have gotten a bit tougher, but the ambition still remains at a high level for White and the Wolverines.
“In the PD I think we’re going to be one of the top teams,” White said. “I’m looking forward to playing Hampton, Phoebus, and all the other teams in our district. I like playing the best of the best and I definitely want to go far in the playoffs. That’s definitely the plan.”
– Brandon Mitchell