White to return next month

Quarterbacks are a different breed compared to most other positions both on and off the field, and it can be trickled down to covering the college football recruitment of signal-callers as well. Calculated and nearly ready for the next step, 2016 QB Josh White knows what he wants to accomplish before each milestone in the process. He got it at Alabama on Saturday

It wasn't a scholarship offer, or a long conversation with Nick Saban, but Josh White began accomplishing the goal he set for himself before his latest trip to Tuscaloosa.

The 6-foot-5,220-pound quarterback prospect from Marietta (Ga.) Walton High has long been familiar with Alabama, especially of late considering two of his former teammates (Parker McLeod and Tyren Jones) are on the roster, but Saturday's junior day visit was more about meeting a new part of the Crimson Tide program.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lane Kiffin.

The noted coach was one that White, a class of 2016 prospect with an early offer from Mississippi State, hadn't yet met despite several trips to campus.

"It went great, love Coach Kiffin," he said after returning home to suburban Atlanta. "I had a great conversation with him. He's going to video me at spring ball, and he said he needs to see me throw this summer (at camp)."

White threw at last summer's camp, when he reported that "all" of the coaches on hand liked his work. Kiffin, of course, wasn't among them. The new hire won't be the sophomore's lead recruiter, either.

"Coach [Lance] Thompson is still my area guy," he said. "I really only saw him once, but he seems like a great guy. "

White spent plenty of time on campus Saturday, among dozens of top prospects, and the anticipation for his impending camp performance only grew from there after more staff interaction.

"I met with Coach Saban and saw all the facilities," he said. "He said he was excited to see me again and can't wait to see me this summer. We'll talk more at A-Day. I'll be there, I want more of a one-on-one with the coaches. "

The non-football part of the process is another the Walton standout has been focusing on, as he plans to major in business while attending his school of choice in January of 2016.

"I really liked it, though," White said. "The academics were awesome. I want to graduate early; I want to explore my options in business while playing football. They showed a video of kids graduating and how important it was to Coach Saban.

"It really hit home."

Before and/or during that April 19 spring game, his new goal is still on his mind as is his interest in Alabama.

"I just need to build a relationship with Coach Kiffin," he said. "I really grew up liking ‘Bama, and I still do."

Smith has talked about making a decision this coming summer, after hitting various camps to compete for new offers to compare to his first extension from the Bulldogs.


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