Wednesday, January 11, 2006LenDale White Sees $$$
DENVER (AP) -- Southern Cal running back LenDale White declared himself eligible for the NFL draft Wednesday, saying he had accomplished everything he wanted to for the Trojans. White said the decision was difficult.
"I wouldn't say it was a slam dunk'" to leave USC, he said.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior leaves USC as the school's career leader with 57 touchdowns. He had 541 carries for 3,159 yards in three seasons, during which the Trojans won two national championships.
He scored three touchdowns in USC's 41-38 Rose Bowl loss to Texas last week.
White, who is from Denver, said he consulted with his cousin, former Colorado point guard Chauncey Billups, now in the NBA. White said Billups told him to "go with your heart."
Fellow Trojans tailback Reggie Bush, who won the Heisman Trophy and will announce his plans Thursday in Los Angeles, offered his teammate the same advice.
And something tells me Bush will offer the same declaration.
Sporting Fools draft projector has White as anywhere from the 2nd to 4th tailback taken, putting him in the mix with Laurence Maroney and DeAngelo Williams.