Oscar White goes from from D-III to Commanders camp

Commanders cornerback Oscar White goes through Sunday's training camp practice at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders cornerback Oscar White (left) goes through Sunday’s training camp practice at Central Catholic High School. – photo by Joe Alexander
Oscar White knows what it feels like to be overlooked.

After playing high school football in River Falls, Wisconsin, he didn’t have any colleges offering him scholarships.

He landed at Division III Dubuque in Iowa. His senior year in 2015 he earned all-conference honors and Dubuque won the conference title.

Here’s is White’s story:

“Actually coming out of high school, I didn’t have any recruits, I didn’t have any offers to any school. I set my journey out to go to school at the the University of Whitewater (Wisconsin). I went and talked to their head coach. He wouldn’t let me play.

“So I ended up taking a trip down to Iowa, to the University of Dubuque. I just went down there and visited with a friend of mine who went on a school visit. The coach asked me if I was an athlete. He told me if I enrolled in the school, I could be on the team.

“I knew I wanted to play football. I didn’t know where at. I didn’t have an option. The coach gave me that option to enroll and play there. It turned out to be a good decision for me. I was a three-year starter there.”

Move ahead four years and the story repeats. No pro teams came calling. White stayed in shape, but there were no opportunities until…

The fledgling Alliance of American Football (AAF) came along in the fall of 2018 and had some open combines where players could put their talents on display. White performed well enough at the combine that he was signed by the San Antonio Commanders before mini-camp.

Now the 6-foot, 199-pound cornerback is in the third week of training camp in San Antonio. The AAF season opener is about three weeks away and the former Dubuque Spartan has a shot at making the Commanders’ regular-season roster.

White got a taste of bigger-time football on Saturday when the Commanders practiced at the 65,000-seat Alamodome. White said his home stadium in college sat about 2,300.

“Coming from a D-III school, that’s actually the biggest place I’ve even been inside to practice,” White said. “That is going is to be a great experience and that was very cool to be in for a practice.”

White’s college highlights

White joins Commanders

Commanders cornerbacks in mini-camp

Cornerback drills at Commanders mini-camp

Commanders cornerback Jamari Gilbert, a former University of the Incarnate Word player, goes for the ball during a mini-camp practice. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders cornerback Jamari Gilbert, a former University of the Incarnate Word player, goes for the ball.
San Antonio Commanders cornerbacks went through their drills on Saturday morning in the final practice of mini-camp.

The Commanders open the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at home at the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.

AAF announces new players on San Antonio Commanders roster

San Antonio Commanders
The San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) have more roster signings, according to an announcement from the league on Thursday.

Some of these signings had previously been announced by Commanders general manager Daryl Johnston on Twitter. Here are the new players listed:

DeShawn Benton DB East Carolina
Will Hines DB Southeastern Louisiana
Ben Huss G Duquesne
Jovann Letuli G Akron
Patrick Lewis C Texas A&M
Robert Myers LB Minnesota State
Aamir Petrose DE Wesley
John Sheehy DE West Texas A&M
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis TE Western Connecticut State
Oscar White DB Dubuque
Dillion Winfrey DB Central Arkansas

Updated roster

Here are the other signings announced by the league:

Alsadek Jacob G Arizona
Anau Siupeli DT Northern Arizona
Chappell Devin DB Oregon State
Dunlap Jaylen DB Illinois
Goodman Tony DB Chowan
Jones Davon LB Mississippi Valley State
Judd Jacob C Western Illinois
Latimore Monteze DB Central Missouri
Lee Chris DT Norfolk State
Lee Cameron T Illinois State
Morgan Nyles LB Notre Dame
Ohnesorge Jacob C South Dakota State
Staggers Allenzae WR Southern Mississippi
Teuhema Sione LB Southeastern Louisiana
Williams Bryce TE East Carolina

Bailey Andrew DT Louisville
Baird Michael G Wisconsin-Platteville
Barnes Tavaris DE Clemson
Barry Dominic LB Western New Mexico
Buchanan Ray DB Northern Iowa
Caskin Andrew TE William & Mary
Clark James WR Ohio State
Crawford Justin RB West Virginia
Dean David DT Virginia
Drennon Dajuan LB North Carolina
Fullum Terrence DT Richmond
Graham Tyson DB South Dakota
Harding Heath DB Miami (OH)
Hart Marvin DB Stony Brook
Howard Darrien DT West Virginia
Hunter Vincent T Jackson State
Jean-Felix Sandley DT Marshall
Johnson Kerron LB Coastal Carolina
Johnson Richard DE Howard
Jones Malachi WR Appalachian State
LaRoche Linkoln DT Bluffton
Larrieux Voghens T Coastal Carolina
Mauger Quincy DB Georgia
Morgan Kye DB Stony Brook
Pagano Scott DT Clemson
Pelletier Troy WR Lehigh
Pertile Brandon T Virginia
Pruehs Jake T Ohio
Samuel Trey RB South Carolina State
Schmidt Matthew T Furman
Sims Tee LB Appalachian State
Thomas Stacy LB Louisville
Westphal Ross G Upper Iowa

Campbell Elijah DB Northern Iowa
Dallas Jackson C Portland State
Davis Connor TE Stony Brook
Dunn Michael T Maryland
Durr Lashard DB Mississippi State
Duzey Jacob TE Iowa
Graham Larson T Duquesne
Kirven Korren T Alabama
Leslie Darnell LB Monmouth
Outlaw Lonnie WR Miles
Powell Jonathan TE Ouachita Baptist
Sawyer Dante DE South Carolina
Spearman Ike LB Eastern Michigan

Hunt Justin WR Marshall
Jeter Colin TE Louisiana State
Jones Quentin DB Lehigh
Luckett Cavellis LB Middle Tennessee State
Maiden Brandon DB Jackson State
Mitchell Tray DB Eastern Illinois
Neal Rajion RB Tennessee
Papilion Luke TE Sioux Falls
Pearson Von WR Tennessee
Perry Kevon DT Louisiana-Lafayette
Roberson Waylon NT Arkansas State
Thomas Dwayne DB Louisiana State
Wallace Trevin T Mississippi Valley State
Walton Hershey DT Temple
Weatherd Chris DE Tennessee
Weaver Macklin DE Eastern Illinois
Williams Owen DT Tennessee

Ankrah Andrew DE James Madison
Are Kareem G Florida State
Banks Josh DE Wake Forest
Couplin Jerome LB William & Mary
Greathouse Robert DE Southeastern
Hyman Ishmael WR James Madison
Kuhnert Austin T North Dakota State
Miller Jarelle LB Jamestown
Moten Anthony DT Miami
Putu Joseph DB Florida
Sewall Matt WR Bryant
Smith De’Veon RB Michigan
Soulek Kellen DT South Dakota State
Taylor Kelvin RB Florida
Weiser Matt TE Buffalo
Williams Daniel WR Jackson State

Asiata Matt RB Utah
Balderree Tanner TE Brigham Young
Bell Kenny WR Nebraska
Brown Diavante DT Liberty
Brown Cody DB Arkansas State
Brown Sean T Mississippi Valley State
Carew Tanner LS Oregon
Carrezola Luke LB Connecticut
Chapman Mark WR Central Michigan
Denham Anthony TE Utah
Dyer Javier DT Reinhardt
Etta Emeka DB Wayne State
Figaro Lubern DB Wisconsin
Hamilton Darius DT Rutgers
Johnson Jeremiah DB Concord (WV)
Jones Marcus DB Northwest Missouri State
Kelly Anthony WR Kutztown
Love Christian DB Henderson State
Luke Robert T Montana
McCulley Ty T Colorado State-Pueblo
Mobley Sam WR Catawba
Monday Demetrius DB Kent State
Nelson Blake LB Colorado-Mesa
Norrils Cheatham DB Toledo
Olmstead D.J. DB Washburn
Pierson De’Mornay WR Nebraska
Poutasi Jeremiah T Utah
Price Darius DB Sienna Heights
Sommerville Khalil DT Buffalo State
Tarver Cameron LB California (PA)
Tiller Aaron LB Southern U.
Webster Javon LB Glenville State
Wieneke Jake WR South Dakota State
Wilson Eddy DE Purdue

Benton Al-Rasheed LB West Virginia
Capers Wayne WR Duquesne
Dixon Derrick DT Southern Mississippi
Duncan Jose DT Rhode Island
Floyd Jevon WR Jackson State
Gandy Jordon WR Murray State
Gonzalez Laquvionte WR Southeastern (FL)
Gross Marvin DB West Virginia
Hill Michael DT Ohio State
Holder Tyree DB Ball State
James Paul RB Rutgers
McKnight Gary WR Northeastern State
Petersen Jonathan

Alliance San Antonio adds players through AAF draft

Alliance San Antonio added players Saturday in the draft of unallocated players by the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

San Antonio general manager Daryl Johnston announced the names of players on Twitter:

Jovann Letuli OT Akron
DaShawn Benton DB East Carolina
Aamir Petrose DE Wesley College
Will Hines DB Southeastern Louisiana
Robert Myers LB Tennessee State
Ben Huss G Duquense
Oscar White DB University of Dubuque
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis TE Western Connecticut State
Dillion Winfrey DB Central Arkansas