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At El Cerrito, senior defensive back/receiver Kole White is just like another coach on the field.
“That’s exactly what he is,” said El Cerrito head coach Jacob Rincon.
When he’s out there, White is helping the younger players every chance he gets.
White is showing them everything. He’s showing them how to read a defense. He’s instructing them during plays. And, while some players could come in from a 7-on-7 team or another program and initially resist coaching and instructing, nobody is doing that on El Cerrito and nobody is doing that around White.
He knows what it takes to get to a special level, and everyone gravitates towards that.
“When he comes and he’s like, ‘Hey, you’ve got to work this and do your technique like this and we’re going to read this coverage or do this,’ it weighs a lot when they hear their peer help them out,” Rincon said. “It kind of builds that team camaraderie where everybody starts buying in and everybody starts understanding. And with him being a senior he’s pretty much preaching, ‘Hey, it’s my last year. We want to win and we want to win a championship.’”
And the three-year varsity player has done all he can to win and bring El Cerrito to glory.
His first season on varsity as a sophomore in 2018 was when the Gauchos went 9-4, went a perfect 5-0 in the Tri-County – Rock League and appeared in the North Coast Section Division III semifinals. His second season on varsity as a junior in 2019 was when they finished in a three-way tie for first place in the league standings, a year in which White finished with six total touchdowns (five offensively) and took one interception to the house.
Since then, White has only grown even more.
“Bigger, stronger, faster most definitely,” White said. “I ran a 4.51 at the Xclusive Speed camp and then just stronger. I can bench two plates right now, repping that 10 times, three sets. Stuff like that.”
But where White’s presence really comes into effect isn’t just his talent level or ability to lead.
It’s his selflessness – a trait Rincon noticed in January of the offseason between White’s freshman and sophomore years.
If they ask White to play linebacker, he does so. If they ask White to play offensive tackle, he does so.
He’ll do whatever he can for the team, which rubs off throughout the roster.
“They see it, so they kind of want to mimic what he’s doing so that they could get that recognition and they could get the support from coaches and various things,” Rincon said. “Kole has been a big factor in our program.”
The recruiting process is also picking up for White, who said at a recent practice that he is hearing from a trio of Division I schools in Cal, Fresno State and Northern Arizona.
For now, though, White is hoping to add to his repertoire at El Cerrito and add some more wins to the program, all the while doing anything he can to help the team succeed at the end of the day.
“Really just doing every game,” White said. “We win every game. Obviously everyone is doing something good. That just contributes to both of us and everything.”
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