White Keeping in Touch With Cyclones

2016 Bakersfield (Calif.) cornerback Lawrence White has stayed in touch with Iowa State this summer and has scheduled an official visit for the fall.

The recruitment for Bakersfield (Calif.) athlete Lawrence White has slowed since the spring evaluation period when Iowa State came in with an offer, but his communication with the Cyclones has not.

White, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound defensive back from Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield was offered by Iowa State in late March and also holds offers from Washington State, Colorado State and Nevada. While his recruitment has slowed this summer, he’s pushing forward.

“The recruiting process for me kind of came to a halt at some point. I’ve picked up some interest from Wyoming and San Diego State, but that’s about it. I haven’t really been talking to any other schools lately,” White said. “Right about now I’m trying to weigh my options out and planning these official visits. I do plan on taking all five.”

One of those official visits has already been set as White is scheduled to make a trip to Iowa State on Sept. 12 for the Cyclones rivalry game against Iowa. As of now, White expects to also make visits to Washington State, Nevada and Colorado State.

White has also drawn interest from Wyoming, San Diego State and Utah in recent months with Utah keeping an eye on him into the fall.

“They said that they have already offered everybody they want to offer this summer,” White said of Utah. “They said they’re going to give [those prospects] a little bit of time and this fall if they don’t make a move they’re going to continue with the recruiting process for the next batch of kids.”

He’s been in frequent contact with Iowa State, primarily with coach Paul Rhoads.

“To be honest I’ve only talked to [Todd] Sturdy about three times. I’ve really been talking to Coach Rhoads the most,” White said. “He calls me from time to time and I call him from time to time. The message is they want me to come and compete early and be a competitor. That’s what I really like about them, there’s a chance I might get to play early in my college career.”

The Cyclones have also been in touch with White’s mother, who is high on the school and is especially interested in the academics side.

“Coach Rhoads has actually to my mom plenty of times and my mom even feels like they have a strong relationship and she knows him pretty well,” White said. “She can’t wait to go out there and finally meet him in-person.”

Iowa State has talked to White about the chance to have three Ridgeview High School products on its roster beginning in 2016 with safety Kamari Cotton-Moya and running back Sheldon Croney already on roster.

White doesn’t have a certain timeline for a decision in mind, but does have a process in mind if all goes according to plan in the weeks ahead. That starts with official visits, the first of which will bring him to Ames in September.

“I kind of wanted to do it sometime during the season, but if these official visits take me farther on then right after I’m done taking all five, that’s when I’m going to make a decision,” White said. “I really don’t know when that will happen, but as of right now I’m planning on doing it sometime near the end of the season.”

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