ASU coaches 'keep it real' with White

Arizona State is in contention for one of the top linebackers in SEC country, Devin White, a player who claims 27 scholarship offers.

Like most recruits, Louisiana linebacker and running back Devin White wants coaches to be honest.

According to White, the Arizona State coaching staff, especially offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, have been upfront with him.

“He keeps it real,” White said. “He’s telling me what type of place it is. He’s telling me the chances I have to play as a freshman. He don’t just give me the [run around] because if he did I wouldn’t still be talking to him.”

White is a 4-star inside linebacker prospect from North Webster High School in Springhill, La.

He is the No. 1 ranked inside linebacker in the recruiting hotbed of Louisiana according to Scout.com. Therefore, he understandably has a lot of attention from schools in the Southeast.

White said he at least has 27 scholarships offers. At this point in his recruitment, he said he has no frontrunners.

ASU is definitely in competition with the SEC schools close to White. But, White said he is very interested in Arizona State early in his recruitment.

White likes ASU because of the coaches’ honesty, ASU’s performance last season and he has the opportunity to possibly play early in his college career at ASU.

When it comes to visits, White likes to go with the flow. He said he does not have any unofficial trips plans soon. He said he usually will not know if he will visit a college until a couple days before he makes the trip.

He said he wants to make an unofficial visit to Arizona State in the summer but does not have any specific date in mind.

White has been busy taking visits this offseason though. He said he has been to Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, TCU and Texas A&M.

With all of White's visits being to SEC schools except TCU, it would appear he leaning more toward playing in the conference.

But, White said he has only visited so many SEC schools because they are located so close to him in Northwest Louisiana.

“I’ve been to those schools because those schools, they’re right around like three, four or five hours to get to,” White said. “So it’s like an easy drive for me."

White said he is also being recruited by running backs coach Bo Graham along with Norvell.

White is a dual prospect. He said ASU coaches told him he could either play running back, linebacker or both ways at Arizona State and that piques his interest in the program.

White said he watched some of ASU’s games on television last season.

“(I liked) basically the tempo of how they play, how they use their running backs, their linebackers in the open field, you know, being able to cover guys,” White said. “Basically, they’re a well-rounded team in my eyes. I’m a fan of college football. I watch a lot teams.”

One of the main incentives ASU can offer White is early playing time. White said in his honest conversations with Norvell, they have discussed the topic.

“(He said) I’m the type of caliber player that if I come to Arizona State and I compete and I work hard, I will be on the field as a true freshman,” White said.

White said he competed in the Nike Opening regionals in Dallas on March 15 and was invited to the finals in Oregon in July. ASU coaches will be paying attention to White in the finals because he said he will be releasing his top 10 schools at the event.

White said he will not participate in college camps this offseason unless he is unofficially visiting the campus already and wants to learn from the coaches. White said he will not be attending any junior days this offseason.


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