The list of honors for high school football players begins with all-league.
If a guy can really play, perhaps he adds All-City, All-State and, who knows, even All-America.
And then there's Quinten White, a 6-3, 195-pound outside linebacker from Cardinal Dougherty. In Temple's future media guides, in reference to 2007, White's bio will have to settle for something along the lines of "made the All-Frustrated Team as a senior at Dougherty."
After, that is, making the All-Zombie Team.
Of the 24 city-leagues players who have made commitments at the Division I-A and I-AA levels, White owns the lowest profile.
Look for his name on the list of coaches' Catholic Blue All-Catholics. First team: nowhere. Second team: likewise. Honorable mention: 0-for-3.
"That was real frustrating," White said. "You go through your whole high school career hoping to be recognized. You see guys you're friendly with, or maybe played against when you were younger, and their names are all over the lists. All-league this, All-City that. And you don't make anything.
"The way I see it, it'll make me a better player and person."
White played in just five of Dougherty's nine games. No. 3, a 21-20 overtime loss to Neumann-Goretti, is only a blur. Not even that, actually.
"I don't remember anything from that game, or anything from that day, really," he said.
All White knows is that his father, Quinten Sr., taped the game and that coaches/teammates were able to pinpoint the moment that changed his season.
"We were punting and I was covering it downfield," he said. "I was the first person to make contact, and I actually got the better of it. But when I came to the sideline I went to my knees and I was shaking my head from side to side."
White said his parents [mom is Maineva] first were told that the concussion was severe enough to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. Other opinions were sought and a 3-to-4 week layoff was eventually settled upon. His highlight over the final three games was an interception in the finale vs. Kennedy-Kenrick.
People began to whisper, "How had this kid wound up with a scholarship to Temple?"
Well, it had all begun last spring/summer . . .
White and a Dougherty teammate, Keith Dockery, attended a 1-day combine that happened to be held at Temple. Working with the defensive backs, White performed well. Owls assistant Curtis Bray pulled him aside and suggested he attend coach Al Golden's camp. He did.
"Up to then I'd only been hearing from Bloomsburg and Shippensburg," said White, who lives near Frankford and Church, in Frankford, and intends to become a fitness trainer. "But to go to coach Golden's camp and then be told, 'We're looking at you,' that really got my attention. I was pretty excited. On the way home on the bus, I was calling my friends. 'Guess what happened today! . . . ' "
When the Cardinals' season began, White played well against Germantown and quickly sent that tape to Temple's coaches.
"After our Frankford game [2 weeks later], they called and asked me, 'If we offered you a scholarship, would you accept it?' I told them I would," White said.
The euphoria yielded to gloom after the injury. Unnecessarily, as things turned out.
"When I got the concussion, I was worried they were going to drop me," White said. "I could hear them saying, 'OK, never mind.' But they never [wavered]. They kept staying in touch and asking me how things were going. They still made me feel a part of everything." *
Name, school, college, position, height, weight
Rashad Campbell, Chestnut Hill, Cornell, RB, 5-8, 175
Greg Castillo, SJ Prep, Iowa, DB, 5-10, 170
Kevin Doty, Germantown Academy, Lafayette, TE, 6-3, 230
Jewan Edwards, Roman, Minnesota, DT, 6-2, 330
Kevin Eckel, Carroll, Navy, DB, 6-2, 210
Herman Hinton, West Catholic, Delaware St., DB, 6-3, 185
Chris Johnson, Roman, Villanova, QB, 6-1, 200
Kristian Johnson, Bonner, Delaware St., TE, 6-2, 245
Jamir Livingston, SJ Prep, Fordham, RB, 5-7, 160
Mike McInerney, Penn Charter, Yale, OL, 6-4, 270
Ryan McGinn, SJ Prep, Holy Cross, DE, 6-3, 230
Jim McGoldrick, SJ Prep, Penn, DB, 6-0, 175
Joe Migliarese, La Salle, Rhode Island, WR , 6-5, 220
Nick Moody, Roman, Florida St., DB , 6-2, 210
Ryan Murray, Bok, Temple, OL, 6-6, 330
Ryan Nassib, Malvern, Syracuse, QB, 6-2, 210
Chris Palmer, Neumann-Goretti, West Virginia, DT, 6-3, 285
Shahid Paulhill, North Catholic, Temple, DT, 6-4, 270
Geoffrey Prather, Carroll, Temple, LB, 6-2, 210
Earl Watford, Gratz, James Madison, DT, 6-4, 280
Pre'Andre Watson, West Catholic, The Citadel, DE, 6-3, 250
Mark Wedderburn, O'Hara, Penn St., TE, 6-7, 240
Quinten White, Dougherty, Temple, LB, 6-3, 195