Commitment Analysis: Brady White

Devils Digest invited one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Arizona State's history, Rudy Carpenter, to analyze the skills of four-star Newhall (Calif.) Hart's signal caller and Sun Devils' newest pledge, Brady White, and his compatibility with the ASU offense.

"I've seen Brady White before and watched him again today," Carpenter said. "I think he has good size at 6-2 at almost 190 lbs. You can tell that he has really good athleticism, a good amount of toughness which is obviously a key component to playing quarterback. He's a guy that can make plays with his feet and still deliver the ball accurately and on time.

"He is a guy that makes good decisions, not only throwing the football but also when to extend the play and run it and when to throw it. One of the other things that shows up on film is that he has a very good feel for the game. His competitive spirit is very good which is one of the main things I look for in a high school kid coming into college. Are they top notch competitors who are not only against the good teams but also when they play the mediocre and bad teams? So he shows his competitive spirit."

Carpenter feels that White has an above average arm strength both in the intermediate and deep routes, and shows a good touch on the ball. Playing mainly in a shotgun offense, White displays many attributes that certainly fit a similar Sun Devil scheme, but also leaves some questions unanswered in terms of pocket presence.

"What happens for kids that play in the shotgun," Carpenter remarked, "is that it's very easy for them to take off and run. But his pocket awareness is pretty good. He knows when to stand there and deliver the ball and take a hit and also when to throw it away. He also knows when it's a good time to go ahead and run.

"From a mechanical standpoint it's very hard to say how good his footwork really is, because you don't see him play from under center. You don't see him take a timing three-step drop and make a throw. You see him take a five-step, bounce around and find someone to throw it to. But I think that is something that will improve with maturity over a college career. In a scheme like ASU's though his transition will be very easy. What he is asked to do in high school is very similar to what he would be asked to do at ASU, Cal and Oregon (White's three finalists). Because more and more colleges are running the spread, so do more high schools run the spread. So at ASU obviously the system is a good fit for him, running the read option is a good fit for him, playing at shotgun and at an up tempo offense is a good fit for him. So choosing ASU does make good sense."

Carpenter added that the increased complexity of reading college defenses compared to high school ones, also has traits such as reading coverages and delivering timing throws, somewhat hard to project for a young quarterback entering the next level.

"Throwing the ball with accuracy, with anticipation," Carpenter stated, "those are things that we don't know. But from a competitive level, from an athletic level, from a passing skills level, you can obviously tell that he is one of the top kids in the country, and he does have a high ceiling."

Rudy Carpenter played at Arizona State between 2005-2008. Started 43 straight games for the Sun Devils, winning 26 games. He was recently named as Scottsdale Chaparral High School's offensive coordinator. Has a 3-1 record versus Arizona. Played in the NFL from 2009-12 with the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ended his Sun Devil career as one of the most prolific passers in school's history with 10,491 yards and a completion percentage of 61 percent. He passed for 81 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, and he received freshman All-America recognition in 2005. was the most accurate freshman passer in Division I-A history, completing an NCAA freshman record 68.4 percent of his passes. His 799 completions are the most in school history. He ranks second behind Andrew Walter in passing yards, pass attempts and touchdowns passes, and he is also tied for second in school history with 26 wins as a starting quarterback, behind only Danny White with 30. Carpenter ranks in the top 10 all-time among Pac-12 quarterbacks in career passing yards, career touchdown passes and career yards of total offense.

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