The four-star receiver from Galena Park, Texas was also caught off guard by the gold offer letter he opened up that same day from the Irish program.
"Because they're so far away up in Indiana, and I wouldn't expect them to come all the way down here," DeAndrew White said.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound White said he was on the phone with Ianello for about 10 to 15 minutes. It was his first-ever contact with Notre Dame.
"He said they like my speed and he heard that I'm coachable," White said.
"It sounded like he means well and knows what he's talking about."
Despite not ever hearing from the Irish until late last week, White already knew a little bit about the program.
"I know they've had a lot of Heisman winners, and great alumni and everything like that," White explained. "And they're rebuilding the program."
Judging by White's game, he certainly has the goods to help Notre Dame compete for National Championships down the road.
As a junior, White helped lead his team to a 9-1 record and to the second round of the state playoffs, by catching 32 passes for 938 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The speedy White is also a standout jumper on the track. He finished third at the Regional finals as a sophomore in both the long jump and triple jump. White also ran a leg on the 4x200-meter relay team that finished third as well. Heading into this year's Regional meet two weeks from now, White is seeded first in all three events, and has a career-best long jump of 23-11 ½, and a personal-best 47-5 ½ in the triple jump.
White also holds scholarship offers from Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and SMU. He says everyone is recruiting him evenly, and he doesn't plan on making a decision until possibly the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January.
"I'm looking for a great education program, where there is a good chance for freshmen to play," White began. "Not so much of a boring town. Can my family and friends see me play on television? How the coaching staff is, and how the players are."
White reports a 3.0 GPA, and wants to major in architectural engineering. He has already taken visits to Texas, Houston and Alabama. This summer he plans to see Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU.
As far as official visits go, White plans on taking all five of his, and Notre Dame could find its way into the mix. As far as being so far away, White says that won't hurt the Irish.
"Wherever the best opportunity is for me," White stated.