Whether it’s on the gridiron or on the diamond, St. Joe's Dustin White is a natural leader.
"he brings a spark which then adds a spark to the rest of the team,” Indians head coach John Gumpf explains “I think the rest of the team follows him. He's been great for st. Joe high school."
White has certainly succeeded in both football and baseball. In football, he helped lead St. Joe to the 2007 state championship game as a junior. So far this season in baseball, he’s a main reason the Indians are tied for first in the NIC.
Last week, White landed a full ride to Indiana State to play football. In many ways, it’s a surprise to Dustin because he always thought the diamond was where he would land.
"Growing up I've always been better at baseball,” White explained. “That's always been my sport, I've always had a lot more success.”
“Baseball's been my love, but I think I’ll switch it to football and focus on that more now,” he says with a big smile.
Dustin isn't the only one that thought football might not be his path. He pretty much heard that a lot over the years from others.
"Being 5'8”, 190 pounds, people don't believe in me too much until I actually get on the field."
But there was one very important person that did believe in White. That was Notre dame football coach Charlie Weis.
"He's been a big factor---a good reference,” White said. “He sent some stuff out for me.”
“I had to perform and he just did the talking for me. He knows a lot more people than I do--he definitely did his part to help me."
White realizes it’s going to be hard to give up on baseball when it comes to college. His dad actually wants him to try both. But Dustin says football and school work is plenty of work.
"I just really feel I have something left to finish in football,” White says. “I can end my career here in baseball and be happy with what I’ve done the last couple of years.”
Of course, the Indians centerfielder isn’t done playing baseball just yet. He’s hoping to extend his high school baseball career as long as he can with a deep run into the post-season.