Pictures of Darius White with the football in his hands at Texas are not easy to come by. There will be no more produced in the future. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
The departure of Texas sophomore wide receiver Darius White has been a subject of conversation all fall as he failed to crack a rotation desperately in need of playmakers. With a release from the university on Tuesday following a tweet earlier in the day from White that made his departure from the team seem imminent, that speculation turned into the reality that the former prep star is now a former Longhorn, but has not yet chosen his next destination.
Recent offers to wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson in the 2012 class only fueled those rumors that White was on his way out. Despite all the natural talent in the world, White undoubtedly suffered from a poor quarterback situation his senior year of high school, but also seemed to lose the trust of his coaches with drops on the field and poor efforts blocking. Even an open letter to him imploring greater effort went for naught.
Here's the statement from White about his departure:
I sat down and talked to my mother and family and came to the conclusion that I really just need a fresh start. Texas is a great school with great players and great coaches, but I just need somewhere I can get a new start. I've got great teammates - my wide receiver teammates, my teammates on offense and the whole team - and I'm still going to be rooting for them. All the coaches are great and taught me a lot. I learned a lot from coach [Bobby] Kennedy, coach [Darrell] Wyatt, coach [Bryan] Harsin, coach [Mack] Brown and all of the coaches. They all taught me how to be a better man. It's a difficult decision right now, but I'm just looking forward to making a difference at place with a new start.
White's statement, no doubt crafted by the Texas SID, stands in stark contrast to rumors that the receiver was asked to leave the program due to his poor work ethic, rumors that are somewhat substantiated by the offers that recently went out to other receivers that were seemingly a forecast of attrition at a position that has suffered numerous loses this year, including another 2010 commit in Chris Jones, as well as Greg Timmons, another transfer, and Brock Fitzhenry, who decided to give up football.
White, a Fort Worth Dunbar alum, had only six catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns as a Longhorn in two seasons.
Though there has been no official comments from Texas yet, it's also expected that defensive tackle Taylor Bible will transfer, while another 2010 defensive tackle, De'Aires Cotton, will be placed on medical scholarship due to an undisclosed injury.
It's attrition season, folks, and the bowl game is still yet to be played.