When Greer High School wants production in any phase of the game – offense, defense or special teams – the Yellow Jackets have the unique luxury of calling on one guy who influences it all. Quay White lined up at running back, wide receiver, cornerback, and returned punts and kickoffs for over 2,200 total yards and 23 touchdowns in 2016. Wherever he plays White makes things happens.
Whenever a college coaching staff meets to discuss 2018 prospect Quay White expect that a multi-positional debate might break out. And, the discussion could range to either side of the ball or special teams, all of which White has dominated for Greer (SC) High School.
So much, in fact, that in 2016 White was named 4A All-Region II on both offense and defense, while accumulating over 2,200 total yards and nearly two dozen touchdowns in a variety of roles.
Try a 42-28 win over previously unbeaten Daniel High School where White rushed for 345 yards and four touchdowns and returned a kickoff 95 yards for another score, on the way to 517 total yards.
Or, Greer’s final game of 2016, where White had 423 total yards and scored four touchdowns – one rushing, one receiving, and a return score on each a punt and a kickoff.
But, with so much ability in a variety of roles, is there a position that White most wants to play at the next level?
”Not really, I’ll play anywhere the coach wants me to play,” White says. “I don’t mind doing whatever is going to help the team.
”I don’t really care what position I do play at the next level, I’m comfortable in any position I’ve been playing – running back, wide receiver, corner(back). I train for all those positions”
Oh, by the way, White also earned spots at the 2017 South Carolina State Track Championship in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdle events.
”I started doing 80-meter hurdles when I was younger, like 11 or 12, and I was the state champion in AAU track,” says White. “I just kept going from there and kept running hurdles.”
In shifting focus back to football, White is making the rounds at camp events this summer and most recently worked out with staff at Appalachian State on June 11th. In keeping with his broad skill set, he ended up working with several Mountaineer coaches.
”I worked out with them; the cornerback coach (Bryan Brown) wanted to see how I move and they wanted to see what am I best at – wide receiver or cornerback - so, they had me playing both sides at the camp,” White said. “I just did what I know how to do.”
What White also did was show the staff the skills to earn a scholarship offer.
”I had left camp, after I was talking to the head coach (Scott Satterfield) and (Co-Defensive Coordinator & Secondary) Coach (Scot) Sloan,” White recalls. “They called me a few minutes after I left and offered me.
”It’s pretty big. Any offer I do get is very big to me, because they don’t have to offer me a full scholarship. That shows how much they want me at their school. It means a lot to me that they would put time and money into me.
”I think I’m going to commit before football season, and I’m still open in my recruiting process and still trying to figure out what school is best for me.”
Apparently, one camp session was not enough for Mountaineer staff to decide where White’s versatility would fit best.
”They said they didn’t know where I’d be playing, if I did come up there,” says White.
White has already planned a return trip to App State, where he wants to learn more about life on campus and relationships with the coaches and players.
”Later on this month I’m going to go up there and tour the school, go see the nursing and business majors and how they work,” White said. “Basically focus on academics, how the coaches are coaching, and how the players like the school and carry themselves.”
White and Greer will start their season on August 18th at Westside High School in Anderson, SC.