Duke Offer On The Table For White

During his junior season, Berwyin (Pa.) Conestoga receiver prospect Nihja White caught 50 passes to earn himself a spot on the All-State team for the Keystone state. Now, heading into his final season at the high school level, the 6'1 standout is evaluating his recruiting options including a Duke offer.

He's had a very good summer along the camp circuit, and he's been able to meet a number of the coaching staffs recruiting him. However, Nihja White still claims only one offer - from Duke. But why?

"It has to do with my forty time," said White. "Right now my best time is in the mid 4.6 range, and that's caused a lot of schools to hold off right now. All of them have been really positive with me in pretty much every other aspect of my evaluation, but the forty time is what's holding back more [offers]."

White, who Scout.com clocked at 4.67, may not be a future track star, but he certainly did enough right last season when he caught 50 passes for 966 yards and 15 touchdowns. Those stats earned him 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.

"There is a lot more to playing this game than how fast you run the forty, but I understand the concerns. Because of that I've spent most of the summer working on my speed."

With everything but a few hundreths of a second in his favor, the Blue Devils became the first team to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer to White in late May when assistant coach John Gutekunst phoned with the good news.

"He called up and said they were putting their written offer in the mail for me. Sine that time I've talked to him a bunch and have really started learning more and more about their program. With Duke you can't beat their academics and they play in one of the best conferences around. I will be visiting them soon officially, along with some other schools. I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team and the coaches."

In addition to the Blue Devils, White says he's awaiting offer decisions from schools such as Temple, Connecticut and Northwestern - all of whom he is hoping to visit officially.

"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. I know a lot about the school because it's pretty close to me. I've also talked to Coach [Kevin] Johns at Northwestern - he says I'm near the top of their list of receivers. Right now my plan is just to focus on improving as a player and starting my senior season on the right foot. From there I will play it out and see where things lead."

Currently White is rated as a two star prospect by Scout.com (pending film review) and as the No. 45 overall prospect in the state of Pennsylvania.


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