White loves offical visit to Athens

ATHENS – Charles White wasn't expecting the treatment he got in Athens.

But, he says, he was eager to accept it.

"They really rolled out the red carpet for us," said the Columbia native. "The schedule was pretty nuts. We toured the campus and the football facilities. We got to see Athens, and it was great. It a college town – no question."

White recently led his program to a AAA State Title, and played particularly well in the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl. Still, White understands that playing in college will be a step above high school ball.

He said he spent time learning about what Georgia expects from its linebackers.

"The style of linebacker they want is different," White said. "There is a science to playing linebacker up there. There is a lot more than may meet the eye."

CJ Byrd was White's host.

"Byrd is a virtual legend in South Carolina," White said. But White spent most of his time in Athens getting to know the other commitments that he visited with.

"The recruits have a natural chemistry and that's a credit to the coaching staff," White said. Caleb King, Antwane Greenlee, Bruce Figgins and Israel Troupe also visited this week, White confirmed. "Also, all the the recruits are very sharp."

White said he was a bit overwhelmed by the academic support provided in Athens, and that he plans to take full advantage of it.

"The amount of academic support, to me, was amazing," he said. "You can major whatever you want to, and that's not going to effect you and football. I want to major in something related to sports, and they made clear to me that I could do that."

While athletically impressive, White is no slouch in the class room. White is one of five finalists for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award, which was initiated in 1992 to promote academic excellence among young African-American males. The Watkins Trophy Award is a national award that is a means for recognizing exceptionally talented African-American male athletes who, by their example, help promote high academic standards and a commitment to community service.

Watch Charles White in the Shrine Bowl here:


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