Richard White Chooses Nova

Richard White gave his verbal commitment to the Villanova Wildcats on Friday. Read what he has to say about his commitment, what went into his decision, and more in this recruiting update.

Richard White, a 4-star RB out of Hammonton, NJ has made a verbal commitment to play for the Villanova Wildcats.

White said he chose Villanova over Delaware and the University of New Hampshire. What factored into his decision?

"The distance, I really wanted to stay close to home, it was a big part of my decision," White said. "I wanted the family support. As far as the school it's a great academic school. It's a place where the organization can change.

"I'm close with a lot of the coaches. Me and the coaches are real tight now. I knew a couple guys up there. Brian Brannigan, he was from my team. Bryan Adams was a linebacker up there, too. I knew more people up there, so I felt more comfortable."

White also said he wanted to get a decision out of the way sooner rather than later.

"I didn't want to rush anything, but there were days where it was really stressful," he said. "It's a big relief now that I made the decision, I can really focus in on my book work and everything."

Villanova took a different approach than most schools, appealing to Richard as a person more than a football player.

"The head coach, Coach Talley and Coach Wiley came in on the in-home visit, we had a nice discussion," he said. "They were so sincere about everything, they were so real. They won my parents over and also me. First and foremost, caring about me as a person before a football player. That was the number one thing, they wanted me to succeed and graduate before any football.

"On the field, they have high expectations for me. They want me to come in right away and make a big impact. Coach Talley and Coach Riley tease me like they want me to be the next Brian Westbrook. It's a real nice bond I have with the coaches."

White expects to take an official visit to Villanova on January 12th.

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