Zamir White: "One of the Best RBs I’ve Seen in the Last Five, Six or Seven Years"

June 15, 2020

ATHENS - Say what you like about the diva that is Urban Meyer, but he knows talent.

That’s why I took note when he chimed in to express something I’ve talked about (probably too much) over the last few years: Zamir White’s talent and potential.

During a roundtable with colleagues that was posted on Fox Sports’ website, Meyer listed White as the No. 4 overall running back coming back to college football in 2020.

“When (White) came out of high school, he was one of the best backs I’ve seen in the last five, six, seven years,” Meyer said.

I’ve maintained that White is the best high school football player I have ever seen play live. So I am going to agree with what Meyer said.

My question with White has to do with his capability to return to the form I saw him in back in 2017. The game I watched was the night White and company faced UGA DL Jordan Davis and Mallard Creek, which is a power in high school football in North Carolina.

White was unreal.

What Meyer didn’t talk about, and I have touched on a ton, is that White has had to get back from two ACL injuries that happened before he left high school and played his first snap in Silver Britches. That comeback, which White completed before the 2019 season, is what I wonder the most about.

If White has the two-year turnaround Nick Chubb did he won’t be the No. 4 running back in college football… he will be No. 1.

I’ve seen the rest of the players on the list that was kicked around by the FOX crew. I’ve seen Travis Etienne, Najee Harris and Trey Sermon live. They are hell on wheels. None of them are what White was like coming out of high school.

So can White return to form this fall? I have been told to expect that this is White’s final season at Georgia. I believe that, so this fall is not only about what White can do for UGA, but also for himself.

And while I admit to being a homer when it comes to White, I was around his hometown enough to know that he’s developed a reputation as a hard worker, and a determined young person who wants better for himself and his mother.

The biggest thing folks in Laurinburg, NC were worried about was him getting hurt. That happened, and that’s past him now. What the future holds for Zamir White could be special.

White has earned his opportunity this fall, and I am eager to see what comes of it.

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