The 2013 season hasn’t gone the way the LSU Tigers hoped it would go, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive struggles loomed large in their three losses this season as the Tigers struggled to replace the eight defensive players they lost to the 2013 NFL Draft. But the silver lining of the season is that the next generation is starting to round into form, and that includes Tre’Davious White, who will be the next great LSU cornerback.
When White committed to LSU he was little more than just another three-star prospect, but during his senior season he shot up the charts and became a five-star recruit as one of the top high school cornerbacks in the country. He continued that ascent once he got to LSU, being inserted into the starting lineup the third game of the season and becoming one of the Tigers’ best defensive players by season’s end with eight passes defended, one forced fumble, and one interception.
Considering how far he’s come in the past two years and all that he did for the Tigers as a true freshman, White should continue to improve in the years to come. He will eventually become the next in a long line great LSU cornerbacks following in the footsteps of players like Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne. Claiborne is actually a longtime friend of White’s, so much so that the two consider themselves to be “God-brothers”. When all is said and done, White could end up matching or exceeding what Claiborne accomplished at LSU.
White has great coverage skills, phenomenal speed and athleticism, the toughness to make up for a lack of pure size and strength, and the mental acuity to understand and execute defensive schemes — all of which he showcased during his freshman season. He now has a wealth of experience playing in the SEC which will allow him to be even better in the years to come as he not only becomes the next, but perhaps the best, in a long line of great LSU cornerbacks.
Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com. He also writes frequently about the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and International Soccer. Like him on Facebook, follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him on Google.