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