Never too early to start

The Clemson coaching staff has already shown that it isn't shy about recruiting a guy before he's won a starting job at his high school.

QB Josh White Profile

Two summers ago, Clemson offered Dylan Sumner-Gardner and accepted his commitment before he'd even played a varsity snap. Sometimes, high-level college prospects have to wait their turn behind older, high-level college prospects.

That's what Josh White had to do as a freshman at Walton High School [Marietta, Ga.].

Last season, he sat behind three-star Alabama signee Parker McLeod and two-star Price Wilson, a 2014 prospect who's committed to Louisiana Tech.

"I was just learning the offense. But, this year, I'm the second guy in charge. I should be sharing a lot more snaps this season," White told CUTigers in a recent interview.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound quarterback could see his stock rise after he gets a significant number of snaps under his belt during this fall.

But White is already on the Clemson radar. He made his first visit to Tigertown on Sunday.

"I got there [and] they toured me around the whole stadium. I loved it, every part of the stadium. It was way bigger than I thought it would be in person," White said. "I got to see The Hill and take pictures with The Rock. I got to see all of the facilities, which I really liked a lot."

From there, he joined Chad Morris and the Clemson quarterbacks.

"I got to sit in on the quarterbacks meeting and sit next to Tajh Boyd. He's my favorite player in college football. I got to sit next to him and actually learn plays with the quarterbacks," White said. "After that, I got to see the indoor facility -- they have the best in the country, by far -- I got to watch them go through a walk-thru."

Why is White such a big fan of Boyd?

"I like how he's great at doing a lot of things. He's not just a drop back guy, but he's not just a runner. He's exceptional at both. He makes really smart decisions.

"I like, overall, I like the Clemson offense. I like how they don't need a running quarterback, but if you're able to run, that's a big asset to the team."

Wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott is also playing a significant role in White's recruitment.

"They really like me. They were watching some of my film and they want me to come back up for the Georgia game. I'm coming back up with D.J. Smith," White said.

Earlier this summer, White camped at Alabama and Mississippi State.

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