While some colleges see him as a defensive player, most are recruiting him because of his prowess running the football, and that includes Gus Malzahn’s program.
“I would say 90 percent of the teams that are recruiting me are looking at me as a running back,” White says. “They feel like that I’m a different type of running back because of my size and my speed. You rarely find running backs with that size and speed.”
Contacted by Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee after seeing video of White in action, the big back notes that talking with Lashlee and Tim Horton and getting to know them gave him a good feeling about the Tigers after getting the offer.
“He (Lashlee) told me he was looking at athletes, not just running backs or linebackers, and he was going through them and my film stood out,” White says. “He followed me on Twitter on the spot and told me to give him a call after school. I called him after school and we pretty much got to know each other a little bit.
“He gave me the running back coach on the phone, Coach Horton,” he adds. “Me and him talked about the system and all that. They offered me and we got to know each other a little bit. That’s really how it came about, just off my film.”
The system is something that intrigues White about Auburn after watching the Tigers in action the last few seasons. With Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne racking up the yards the last two years with Nick Marshall running for his fair share as well, Auburn has shown the ability to be physical, but that’s not the only thing that stands out about the attack for White.
“I have followed them a lot and I basically look at their offense as what I run in high school right now, like a Wing-T,” White said. “I basically look at their offense as a Wing-T/spread because they’re doing it out of the shotgun. We do it from under center.
“I love everything about their offense,” he points out. “That’s an offense I could see myself excelling in as I do in my high school career.”
Currently without a list of favorites even though LSU could be considered the early team to beat, White says Auburn is one of the schools that will be in the mix for him as he tries to decide on whether or not to graduate early in January. If that happens a decision could come sometime in December. If he decides to enjoy his senior season then it could be a signing day decision for the four-star prospect.
“I don’t have a list, but I know I’m going to look into Auburn because of the way they utilize their backs,” White says. “I feel like I should have already had the offer a long time ago because it’s a great SEC rushing school, but it’s good to pick it up. It’s better late than never.”
White plans to visit Auburn during the summer for a camp.