White committed to Georgia last week after visiting Athens for a camp two weeks ago. Georgia defensive ends coach Jon Fabris, who is responsible for recruiting the Palmetto State for the Bulldogs, saw enough of White to offer the prospect a few days later. Fabris took a trip to the Columbia suburb to see the soon-to-be senior in action during the Bengals' spring practices. According to Scott, Fabris came away happy.
"Georgia was the first team to see him in action," Scott said. "They saw enough that they thought they could get on him early and have a better chance than if they waited a while and let a lot of schools offer him."
White has flown under the recruiting radar so to speak for the last couple of months because his new school was carved from another school in the district – Ridge Valley. White played there last season, and racked up impressive numbers. He finished the season with 96 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, five sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
"He's had an interesting transition coming over from Ridge View. I think that's held back some of the attention he probably deserves," Scott said.
Scott thinks the Bulldogs are getting a future leader in White.
"He has a very strong work ethic. He is a great character kid – a yes sir, no sir type kid. I told Coach Fabris that Charles is the kind of kid that will be a captain one day," Scott declared.
Scott added that White has impressive physical attributes as well. "He's got real good speed. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash. He's a fast and aggressive kid who loves contact," the head coach said.
"I think committing to Georgia was the right thing to do," White said of his decision to pick the Dawgs. "I am from Georgetown, South Carolina and that's where Robert Geathers and Clifton Geathers are from. I also lived in Georgia for about half of my life. When you talk about the Georgia program you always associate it with success. They have a winning tradition. If you look at the type of players the program produces you can tell what Georgia is all about. Going to Georgia was a no brainier."
White is the fifth commitment of Georgia's 2007 Signing Class. He is the second linebacker the Bulldogs have a verbal commitment from, and is the second out-of-state player to commit to the Dawgs.
"When I got the offer I wanted to take a second and weight my options, and think about it, but it was a no brainier. You don't have to wonder what Georgia is all about." White said.
Until White gets to Athens, the Georgia coaches have told him to focus progressing while still on the prep gridiron.
"They told me to just focus on high school – Coach Jancek told me that I am not in college yet, and that that time would come. He told me to think about doing the right things every day because he said you are going to be on the field against somebody one day that you never met before – maybe in the SEC Championship – and you are going to have to run up against them, and you had better hope that you are prepared because if you are not its too late at that point," the prep star said.
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