White, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, selected ASU over an offer from Washington State and track offer from Oregon just three days after returning home from an official visit to Tempe. He will help ASU fill a void created by a likely season ending knee surgery the team's leading returning receiver, Cameron Smith, underwent last month."It was the loyalty factor," White said, when asked why he committed ahead of a planned official visit to Washington State. "I knew that Arizona State is where I wanted to be. I didn't have to take another visit to realize that. Arizona State is where I want to be. I went over it with my family and friends and we talked about it, I wrote everything down on a piece of paper and Arizona State was the best option by far and it has everything I'm looking for."
As a redshirt sophomore last season White had 55 catches for 667 receiving yards and six touchdown catches at College of the Canyons in just eight games, leading his team in all categories. He had more catches than the next three players combined on the team.
"I was kind of surprised and it made me question where I really was as good as I thought I was," White said, when asked about his relative lack of offers. "I think it was a combination of maybe schools not being sure about my academic situation or just not knowing about me but especially because my father Timmy White played for USC and so did my uncle Lonnie White, and also in the NFL, I was surprised I didn't get more attention. But everything works out for a reason and I don't think I could have found a better place for me than ASU because like I said before, the way they transition junior college players, it's something they're very good at and have had a lot of success with and I'm just very excited to be going there."
White is also an elite level track and field athlete, especially as a triple jumper. He had a 54 foot triple jump in the Pan American Games after earlier winning the state championship.
White said his career best triple jump would have placed him in the Top-3 at the NCAA Championships had he been participating at that level. In fact, it was his excellence on the track and field circuit that contributed to White's recruitment to ASU, and ultimately led to his decision.
"I have to give a lot of credit to coach (Greg) Kraft, the track coach there (at ASU) because he brought it up to [the football coaches]," White said in an interview following his ASU official visit. "That was big for me. From there football coaches really started recruiting me.
"I feel like everyone works hard there and it's the right type of environment for me to be in and do well. It just seems like a situation that is made for me because they have done a great job with the transition of junior college players and they have an opportunity for playing time if I came in there and represent myself well. They've had a lot of success with guys like that from junior college and it makes me more comfortable with the possibility of going there."
White has now earned his junior college degree and is able to enroll at ASU for summer school in May. He'll have two years to play two seasons.