"It was pretty much a no-brainer," White tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's close to home. It's a great school. They have tradition. It's the SEC. I thought why not do it now. They put people in the league and that's my ultimate goal, but they also have great academics. It was pretty much a lock. Coming up on Wednesday was just a get a feel and see what it was like. I talked about committing last night with Coach (Phillip) Lolley and he asked me was I sure. I just slept on it and when I woke up this morning I knew it was the right place for me."
White says he felt like before he left Auburn on Wednesday following his unofficial visit that the Tigers were going to be the school for him. That feeling was so strong that he went ahead and bought an Auburn jacket and hat just in case. Friday morning he put both on and that made the decision final for him.
"I knew it when I put my jacket and hat on," White says. "I looked in the mirror and liked what I saw. I just went with it from there."
Playing quarterback for the Trojans while seeing occasional time on defense, White wasn't exactly sure of his thoughts on playing defense full-time in college until he had a chance to talk to Auburn Coach Gene Chizik on Wednesday. Having put many guys into the NFL as a position coach in the secondary, Chizik convinced White of the benefits of playing defensive back at Auburn.
"It was important," the 5-11, 185 White says. "Being able to talk to him he went over his plans for me the next four or five years. He told me where he saw me playing. He discussed what the scholarship would be for. Me, him, my father, and Coach Lolley all got to know each other better face to face. That's the kind of talk you need."
Auburn's lack of depth at the cornerback position also played into things for White. With just three healthy cornerbacks for much of the season and Walter McFadden gone following Auburn's bowl game against Northwestern, the need is a great one at the position. He says for him it's about coming in and getting a chance to compete and play despite his lack of experience at the position.
"Schools have been talking about redshirting and getting in there and learning, but if I'm going to play I'm going to play," White says. "There is no point in waiting. I want to play. I'm a football player. I'll adjust to playing defensive back."
Helping in the adjustment period will be his father Will White. While most dads will have a casual knowledge of the game and possibly a position, Ryan White gets to pick the brain of one of the best defensive backs in University of Florida history. His dad lettered for the Gators from 1989-1992 and had 14 career interceptions for the Gators. In 1990 White had seven interceptions with three coming in one game against Alabama.
Family played a big part in White's decision as he sat down with his parents and talked at length before making his decision. He says that was important for him to make sure everybody was on the same page.
"Now I feel like all of us are into it," White says. "I needed their support. Everybody always thought I would end up going to Florida because my dad went there. They were more excited about me going to Auburn than maybe I was. He knows about the tradition and the players they put out. It was real exciting."
This season White led Lincoln to a 9-4 season before falling in the playoffs 45-31 to top-ranked Niceville. The Trojans managed to win their 11th consecutive district championship this season.