Kam White’s plans to visit Iowa State for a second time didn’t materialize over the weekend, but the Mississippi athlete still feels strongly about the Cyclones.
The 6-foot-2 White, who is regarded as one of the top athletes in the 2017 class, narrowed his impressive offer list in mid-June to include Iowa State, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi and Tennessee. With his decision drawing closer as the summer progresses, he’s still liking Iowa State.
“I'm hearing the same good stuff,” White said of Iowa State. “They wish I could have made it up there [last weekend]. I’m going to try to go back up as soon as I can. They have just been encouraging me to keep being the leader I am and working hard for my high school. I feel good about them being in my Top-7 since they are No. 1 in my mind right now.”
White, who is regarded as the No. 45 overall safety in 2017, including the No. 22 overall safety in the south, also holds offers from Alabama and Mississippi State. After visiting Iowa State in mid-April for its spring game, the Cyclones quickly vaulted up his list as a favorite.
That mindset hasn’t changed in the 10 weeks since.
White hopes to make trips to Florida, Arkansas and Iowa State in the final weeks of July after the dead period lifts in the middle of the month. While such a trip to Ames would be his second, he’s still looking for much of the same.
“Just making sure they are consistent and that they have a plan for me if I do attend Iowa State,” White said. “I'm not doubting them in [any] form because they are very capable of doing it, but it would be nice to see it when I go up there.”
What impressed White on his first visit to Iowa State was the staff’s attentiveness to not only himself, but also his family. White has been especially pleased with the time Matt Campbell has spent developing and talking through the plan for both White and the program.
Those factors have White thinking about another 24-hour roundtrip drive and will continue to be important in his final decision along with one other key.
“Well, playing time is a factor for me,” White said. “If I have a chance to play or compete for a spot, then in my mind that's a chance for me to put my work in and play. And just how you treat me and my family on the visit when I go.”
When his final visits are complete in the weeks ahead, White expects to make a decision before his senior season in Clinton.
“Probably after the summer ends,” he said of his timeline. “In August sometime.”
What will it take for Iowa State to remain No. 1?
“They just have to keep doing what they’re doing,” White said of the Cyclones, “don't change up or stop recruiting me.”