White Relieved To Be A Tiger

Auburn's newest commitment talks about his decision to be a Tiger.

Troy, Ala.--The ceremony wasn't a ceremony at all, it was more like a celebration. Charles Henderson standout linebacker Jawara White isn't one to brag on his accomplishments, instead he chooses to talk about team. It even showed on the biggest of days for him. Arriving in a shirt and tie to his press conference to choose Auburn, he also carried a bag filled with workout clothes for an afternoon session with his teammates.

That's what made Monday's announcement that much more special for the more than 50 people crowded into the indoor practice facility at the high school. When White announced his decision to attend Auburn there was a loud cheer followed by plenty of applause with much of that coming from a huge family contingent including father Ben and mother Kathy.

Not that the decision was that much of a secret. Instead of making a big scene out of his decision, White instead had just his orange helmet from high school and an Auburn hat on display. For a kid of few words, but big action, White says for him the choice of the Tigers was one he's felt good about for a while and a trip to Auburn last weekend was done with his decision already in place.

"I knew it was Auburn last week sometime," he says. "Last weekend was just a time for me to watch the seven on seven camps.

"I wanted to have a stress free senior year," White adds. "All I have to do is go to school and make sure I do what I have to do in the classroom and on the field."

White and his family pose for a photo following his announcement.

Being recruited for the Tigers by coaches Jeff Grimes and Ted Roof, White says both played a big part in his ultimate decision to choose Auburn, but it was his future position coach Roof that wound up being the difference.

"He's real quiet and humble," White says. "He's well spoken. He just speaks his mind and believes in what is right.

"The only thing coach Roof told me was to follow my heart," he adds. "He said wherever I felt like I wanted to go just to make sure it was the right decision for me."

That's something that many prospects have said about the new Auburn coaching staff is the lack of pressure they've applied while also being very energetic and staying in touch. White says that was another of the reasons why he felt at home with the Tigers.

"There was no pressure at all, none," White says. "That was big. I'm not saying other coaches did it, but they showed me no pressure at all. That was a relief."

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