White Almost Commits Following AU Visit

Ryan White talks about his trip to Auburn and where his recruiting stands after visiting the Tigers.

Tallahassee, Fla.--Wednesday was a huge day on the recruiting front for the Auburn Tigers with the signings of Jessel Curry, Craig Sanders, Roszell Gayden and Brandon Mosley, but it was almost even bigger. That's because Lincoln High standout Ryan White took an unofficial visit to see the Tigers practice and almost made it Cinco de Deciembre for Gene Chizik and his staff.

"The visit went really well," White said. "I'm getting real close to committing. I feel like it's a family environment there. Me and my pop are going to talk about everything we saw.

"I feel like Auburn is the best opportunity," he added. "Me and my pop are going to talk about it and there might just be some good news...dad loved it. He asked a million questions and they answered them all. Whatever he asked they answered. There was real confidence in the program. It was raw and straight. That's what we went there to look for."

While the news may come this week, it's still something White said he has to discuss with his family. Also important is his mother's wish to visit Auburn as well, something that will likely come in January.

"We're going to take an official visit," White noted. "Hopefully, my mom can come so she can give her input. It's getting close to that time where it's time to commit somewhere. Auburn is the best opportunity right now."

While it would appear Auburn is solidly in the driver's seat, White said at the moment he's still considering a large group of colleges from all over the country.

"I'm looking at Auburn, North Carolina A&T, Oregon, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Arkansas."

It would seem that the Tigers would be helped by having former Lincoln standouts Craig Stevens and Mike Slade on the roster, but White said for him Auburn is enough to sell itself without anyone helping.

"It doesn't play in too much," White said. "Auburn has a great tradition on its own. I don't need anybody to get me there, but because they are there I'm going to talk to them a little later.

"Auburn is straight up," he added. "Hard work, you can't beat that. A winning tradition. That's all it's about."

With an interest in Auburn for quite a while, White decided to travel to Auburn with his father on Wednesday to get a look at the Tigers on the practice field as well as get a better feel for the coaches. He said none of that was a disappointment for him after seeing it in person.

One of the things he did decide on was where to play when he gets to college. After talking with Chizik, White said he now knows he's going to be a defensive back on the next level and he's fine with that.

"Basically I came to watch practice," White said. "I watched the quarterbacks and the corners. Then I went to Chizik's office and we had a talk. He asked me where I projected to be in five years? I told him I wanted to be in the league. He told me most quarterbacks in the league aren't 5-11, they are 6-2-plus. He said he feels like everybody he's pulled in at corner could play in the league and that's where I want to play."

Cornerback isn't a big change for White as he's played the position some while at Lincoln in special situations. He said he likes to plan man coverage, one-on-one with the wide receiver, but he hasn't done much of anything else. Still he said he should be fine with the transition to defense.

"I'm not that tall, but I play football," White said. "I'm a football player. Whatever it takes. I know what quarterbacks are thinking and I know what routes guys are running by how they stem and their splits. Once the ball is in the air everybody is on offense. Get the ball and take it to the house."

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