Duke Ready To Offer Penn. Wideout?

Berwyn, Pa., native Nihja White has continued to impress coaches throughout the nation on the camp and combine circuits this spring with his play and is picking up new interest on a daily basis. We caught up with this solid receiver about his most recent recruiting activities.

While Nihja White may not possess great timed speed, he has great hands, is a solid route runner and plays fast, which is all that matters. This 6-foot-1, 193-pound wide receiver has been in contact with schools like Northwestern, Penn State, Temple, Connecticut and Duke lately and from what he's hearing, could be picking up his first written offer pretty soon.

"I went to junior day at Temple and got the chance to speak with Head Coach Al Golden, Coach Mark D'Onofrio and their wide receivers coach Kevin Gilbride, " White said. "Coach Golden had actually come to my school recently as well to meet with me and they're a school that I'm interested in. I like the area the campus is in because it's close to home and my grandmother lives there and was able to check out the renovations they're making on campus. Right now I'm not sure how interested they are in me, so I don't know how seriously to take them in my recruiting picture. I'm definitely interested in them, so hopefully I'll get a better feel for that going forward."

"Coach Kevin Johns and I talked last week about Northwestern and he told me that I am high on their list of receivers right now," White explained. "He said that they'll just need to see my transcripts at the end of the marking period to see if I fit there and my grades are very good, so I'm not worried about that. I like that Northwestern spreads teams out and throws the ball a lot and academically they're the Harvard of the Midwest, so I plan on camping there this summer and will probably make them one of my five official visits."

"I've spoken to both Coach Ron Vanderlinden and Coach Mike McQueary from Penn State recently and have really gotten a good vibe from them," White added. "Coach Vanderlinden has been by the school twice now and told me they haven't seen enough of me to tell me where I stand yet, so I'm going to go to their senior camp this summer. They said at that point they'd be able to let me know where I stand. Penn State would definitely be my first choice at this point."

"Duke and Connecticut are two other schools I've been talking to, however I only get an occasional email from Connecticut now and haven't heard from them in quite sometime for whatever reason," White mentioned. "One of the coaches at Duke said that they may offer me this Friday and while I don't know much about their football program, I do know that Duke is very good academically."

As a junior, White caught 50 passes for 966 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had a list of accolades including honorable mention All-State honors by PA Football News, Co-Player of the Year from Main Line Life, first team Main Line Times, Delaware County Daily Times All-Area, first team All-Area from The Suburban and was a second team All-Central League selection.


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