Mo & Tre: Two Shreveport DB’s who are trying to make their way in the NFL
Attending rival high schools, but more importantly friends off the field. Fair Park’s Morris Claiborne and Green Oaks’ Tre’Davious White forged a strong bond growing up in Shreveport.
Claiborne continued his career at LSU and White quickly followed in his footsteps, both even being selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
“I’m motivated every day just knowing he’s first round. Okay, let me go first round. He’s laid a great foundation for me and I feel like it’s only right that I lived up to it,” mused White last year.
That was Shreveport native Tre’Davious White more than a year ago discussing his goal of being a first round draft pick like his childhood friend and Jet’s cornerback Morris Claiborne.
“I always looked at him as that big brother figure, the guy that I always wanted to be like. He’s a guy that always did everything the right way and took care of himself in a first class manner. I feel like with me coming up and doing it right after him, it’s a big deal. It’s a thing that these guys can look at and say we really can do it coming from Shreveport,” explained White.
And when the Buffalo Bills made White’s dream come true in the first round of this year’s draft, his new division rival was watching.
“I felt like I was in the green room with him when I was at home. I took off all my clothes because I was sweating so bad. Every team that picked, I thought they were calling his name. Every single one. Every team that passed on him, I was thinking just like I know he’s thinking at the time, I’m going to make you pay for that,” said Claiborne.
Despite playing in the same district in high school and then the same position at LSU, White and Claiborne have never competed on the same field. But that will soon change as the Jets meet the Bills in week one.
“It’s going to be crazy. My first NFL regular season game is going to be against him. I get to see him two times a year in the same division. It’s going to be historic for this city, historic for us, and it’s going to be something we’re going to talk about for a lifetime,” said White.
“It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be fun. Either way, we’re going to be in the cold, can’t run from that. It’s going to be a good experience for us both. Coming from the same place and literally coming from the same background, to be where we are now, living out our dreams, and doing it together now,” added Claiborne.
But for now, both White and Claiborne are focusing on training camp and trying to prove these two Shreveport kids belong in the NFL.