PREP SPOTLIGHT: Myles White
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Myles White is a decorated leader of the South Central football team’s defense. As a linebacker, he relays the plays from the sideline to his defense. White spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about being a leader and what it’s like being a part of the undefeated Falcons.
Q: How did you get started playing football?
A: “I started when I was about seven. I started baseball when I was six. I went to a Pitt/Greenville Titans game and told my granddad I wanted to play. He asked, ‘Tackle or flag?’ And I told him I wanted to play tackle football.”
Q: You are one of the leaders of the defense. What is it like being the guy that the coaches look to to lead?
A: “I know the coaches have had their trust in me since I was on junior varsity. It’s a big role but I love it.”
Q: You guys are on a roll. What is the energy in the locker room right now?
A: “A lot of confidence. We know that the only people who can stop us are us. We are always working to get better and just go 1-0 each week.”
Q: What part of your game are you most proud of?
A: “It’s gotta be my knowledge of the game, my football IQ. I work on my speed and power in the offseason, but it’s like a chess match when I’m out there.”
Q: There are a lot of great players on this defense including yourself, Jeremy Lewis and Phillip Chen. What is the relationship like between players on the defensive unit?
A: “We know we need each other to succeed. I talk to Jeremy and Phillip every day, they are like my brothers. We know that if us linebackers and defensive backs can hold off the receivers, we can get the D-line energized with some sacks, which can lead to other things like interceptions.”
Q: You guys had a scare against J.H. Rose earlier this season but pulled out the win. What is it like beating your rivals like Conley and Rose?
A: “It’s great getting those bragging rights, especially since we beat them (Rose) in back-to-back years.”
Q: Is it tough to not look ahead to your game against Conley on Nov. 2?
A: “Not really. We take each week as it comes, but we know the game is coming up and we’re very excited. It’s just natural for us to take things one week at a time.”
Q: What advice would you give to younger athletes who want to become the leader of their defense?
A: “I’d say be more coachable. The biggest thing I learned was to have respect for my coaches and teammates. I just want everyone to be a better player when I’m on the field, and so I learn from my coaches by being coachable.”
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