The label placed by schools on Bakersfield (Calif.) recruit Lawrence White is most commonly ‘athlete,’ and the number of schools placing that moniker on him is continuing to grow as his senior season nears.
White, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound quarterback/defensive back from Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield, has seen his offer list grow to three in recent days as Iowa State and Nevada joined Colorado State in offering the versatile athlete.
“Iowa State, when they offered, it was a surprise,” White told AllCyclones.com. “I was very excited about it.”
The Cyclones visited in recent months when they stopped in to see eventual running back commit Croney, who signed in February, and visited with White then. The offer from Iowa State came late last week.
“I talked to them a little bit and they were telling me how it is out there and they called and said they were going to keep in touch and they were going to come back to the school,” White said of his conversations with Iowa State. “I guess they’re going to come back in a couple weeks. Once they called, it was exciting.”
White picked up his Nevada offer during a Junior Day visit during the weekend. In addition to the three schools that have offered, White has also drawn interest from Wyoming, Utah State and San Diego State.
“After my first offer, it’s starting to pick up,” White said of his recruitment. “A lot of coaches are contacting me and seeing how I’m doing and looking at my grades and just trying to stay in touch.”
Where White would play at Iowa State or any other school remains uncertain. The junior said most schools continue to classify him as an athlete and see him on either side of the ball. He has primarily been a quarterback at Ridgeview, playing cornerback when his coach sees fit.
He’s open to going to whichever side fits best in college.
“They said they could see me playing on both sides of the ball. That’s really exciting for me, too,” White said of Iowa State. “All those schools that have recruited me, they’re saying ‘athlete.’ It really doesn’t matter to me. I can play wherever I feel like I can contribute to the team. I’m glad I’m able to do that.”
White hopes to soon visit San Diego State and expects to be headed east from California for a recruiting visit down the road, too.
“I definitely want to go visit Iowa State and that’s something I plan on doing,” White said. “I’m planning on making a decision before the season starts, that’s what we’re planning on doing.”