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Kelly Morris' recruiting notebook: LSU commitment Tre'Davious White plans for Florida trip

1:00 AM, Jun. 20, 2012 EDT

Green Oaks' TreD'avious White (center), an LSU commitment, continues his whirlwind summer with a trip to Florida later this month. / Val Horvath Davidson/The Times

Tre'Davious White thought he was Brooklyn bound soon.

Turns out, he's headed south. The LSU commit will participate in a national seven-on-seven tournament in Bradenton, Fla., at the end of the month. His seven-on-seven team -- the Louisiana Bootleggers -- already won the Big Man on Campus (BMOC) tournament at New Orleans' Behrman Stadium in May.

"I've never been (to Florida)," White said. "My dad took my family in the summer, but I never had time to go because I'm always busy."

White said he's excited to reunite with his elite teammates, which include LSU commits John Diarse and Jeryl Brazil.

"There will be teams from all over," White said. "It's a chance for us to bond and get us to know each other a little better."

In the BMOC tournament, White was named an MVP at defensive back. The feat helped him jump to No. 158 in the Rivals250. He's ready to make a similar impression in Florida.

"I want to go out and show everyone what I can do," White said. "Most definitely, come back with a victory."

When White isn't in the gym, he's busy with summer league basketball. He's also set to go to LSU's camp in July.

"The last time I was in Baton Rouge was when I committed," White said. "I'm ready to get down there and get around the coaches again."

Other LSU news: With 16 commitments, the Tigers are fast approaching their 25-player maximum. LSU has its eyes on Kendell Beckwith (athlete), Tim Williams (defensive end), DeSean Smith (tight end), Rickey Jefferson (athlete) and Melvin Jones (linebacker).

"Those are really the big five in-state guys that are really high on LSU's board," said Sonny Shipp, a 247sports and geaux247 recruiting analyst.

Receiver/tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, who recently decommitted from Texas, is also on LSU's board. The defensive line could also be a late area of focus for the Tigers.

"It's an area that they really need to stress only because they want to sign six possibly seven guys at that position," Shipp said. "There's a lot of blue chippers out there."

Byrd: Safety Kieron Williams' offer list now includes Ole Miss, Grambling State, McNeese State, Northwestern State and Louisiana-Lafayette. He recently told 247sports.com he likes the competition the Rebels can bring.

"I know if I go there I can play and make my position, but I don't want to feel like I'm going into something blind," he said.

North DeSoto: Hakim Gray isn't the only Griffin getting attention these days. Safety Damien Boone, who will be a junior next season, continues camping with Gray. So far, scouts have been impressed with the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder. "He's gone to a couple of those camps, and they love him," North DeSoto head coach Scott Abernathy said. "He ran a 4.6. He's doing well.

"We're just trying to get the opportunity to get them showcased. That's it."

At the Nike SPARQ camp in Dallas, Boone was rated better than Gray.

"He'll play tight end, but they're looking at him at safety mostly," Abernathy said.

Homer: Defensive end/linebacker Demetrius Casey will attend camps at Houston and LSU next month.

"It really don't matter. As long as I get a scholarship for my mom, so she doesn't have to pay," Casey said.

Casey was at Louisiana Tech earlier this month, home of cousin and redshirt senior receiver Richie Casey.

"He wants me (to go to Tech), but he said it really don't matter," Casey said. "He just wants me to go to a good college. I learn stuff as I go to every camp. Most of the time I'm playing defensive end. I've learned hand techniques and little spin moves."

Miscellaneous: Former Airline tight end John Thomas says he's finally at full speed. He's moved his workouts to DeSoto, Texas. He's lived there with his mother the last two weeks.

"It feels good that I can do everything normal again," Thomas said. "I have a lot of confidence now. I just kept working hard."

The former LSU commit will report to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, on July 9.

Connect with Kelly Morris on Twitter at @Kelly_Mo.

 

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