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Brady White: Hart's attention grabber

The hype is growing for the Hart High junior quarterback

Posted: October 10, 2013 10:40 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2013 10:40 p.m.

Hart junior quarterback Brady White leads a very normal 17-year-old's life except for the fact that he has grabbed national attention for years.

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Hart High quarterback Brady White never invited you here.

You just came.

White is a normal kid who plays NCAA Football on his XBox after his Friday night football games. He hangs out with his girlfriend on Saturdays and watches his little brother play football.

White has a Brett Favre jersey hanging in his room and a poster of an NFL player running out of a tunnel.

Last weekend, the junior took his SAT.

But you keep coming, insistent on accompanying him here.

Is it because he has been trained by some of the top quarterback coaches on the West Coast, participated in some of the country’s top high school camps, played at the Alamodome as a junior high student and is now manning the most glorified football position in the Santa Clarita Valley — quarterback for the Hart High School Indians.

He doesn’t have Marinovich’s pushy father or hasn’t been marketed like Clausen.

Yet you — hype — you keep coming.

“I don’t (seek it out),” White says of attention. “I’m not going to push it away or try and get more attention. All the hype is from outsiders looking in. I’m going to go out every week and play ball, do my best to get a ‘W.’ I’m not so into the stats. The last few weeks, I didn’t have the best numbers, but whatever it takes to win is what’s important.”

White’s numbers are outstanding in his second year as the Indians’ starting quarterback — 1,780 yards, a 69 percent completion percentage and 15 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. He also has 168 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.

As a sophomore, he passed for 2,575 yards, had a 67 percent completion percentage, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

But the only thing that matters for him and Hart are wins.

Hart came into last season’s Foothill League play as the favorite for a league championship, but suffered back-to-back losses to Valencia and Canyon — games in which White passed for a combined 385 yards and four interceptions.

He was left off the All-Foothill League teams, despite solid numbers.

Hart now enters Foothill League play again as title favorite at 5-0.

Hype means nothing, especially for White — who with his accuracy, smarts, athleticism and arm remind people of some of the great Hart quarterbacks of the past like Kyle Boller (though Boller had a much bigger arm), Matt Moore (who was a little more athletic) and Kyle Matter and Sean Norton (who both put up gigantic numbers).

“I don’t think he’s reached his potential yet,” says Hart head coach Mike Herrington, who guided all the aforementioned names. “He had some awesome games at the beginning, but the last games made some mistakes and needs to be more consistent. ... I think he has a lot more to prove. He wasn’t all league, All-CIF. He hasn’t won a league championship, won a CIF championship. He has a lot to prove. No matter what level it is, it boils down to who’s won these games and these championships. Not to say it’s all on his shoulders, but that’s how quarterbacks are judged.”

Herrington was extremely reluctant to label White the second coming, but understands that there’s a sort of aura that comes with being the Hart starting quarterback.

White’s stature has grown, though, with the attention beginning when he was in junior high.

He played in the Eastbay 2010 and 2011 Youth All-American bowls.

In 2011, he quarterbacked a U.S. team that lost to Canada.

“I don’t think they were Canadian,” White jokes. “They were huge. They were stacked.”

White doesn’t pay attention to the talk — good or bad.

And the fact that he has gone to camps and played for an elite B2G team (an invite-only camp) and studied under Steve Clarkson (the self-proclaimed “dreammaker” who has worked with Matt Leinart, Ben Roethlisberger and other pros) was done only to better him and not to market him.

“I think he’s in his own world. He goes out there to play the game he loves,” says Hart wide receiver Trent Irwin, who has also been much-hyped since before he arrived in high school and has been to many of the same camps with White, on if White realizes all the attention he gets.

No, the 17-year-old is a normal kid who simply loves the game and realizes what it could eventually do for him.

He has one scholarship offer — San Jose State — with more soon to come.

Another thing he’s not worried about.

“The last few weeks, he’s gotten a lot of attention. I go to his house after every football game and I see all his letters from coaches,” says his cousin and Hart senior wide receiver Chase White. “He has stacks. The next morning when we wakes up and look at the newspaper it’s Brady White does this and you see tweets about Brady White. My aunt will simmer him down quick — ‘You can’t pay attention to this. It’s not about the hype. It’s not about that.’ Our goal is to win a league title and a CIF championship. If we don’t accomplish that, it’s almost like a failed season.”

Chase has another way of humbling his cousin, who he’s extremely close with.

He says those letters Brady is receiving are meant for him. The coaches just spelled Chase’s name wrong.

Brady White understands how hype and exposure can be good things.

He also understands that hype and exposure become overhype and overexposure if he doesn’t accomplish his goals.

Check that — if his team doesn’t accomplish its goals.

Let others do the talking about him, he says.

Maybe it’s his ability and play that invites them to.

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