Jayhawks still pushing hard for White

With four of his five official visits now behind him - and the status of the fifth not yet certain - Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School wing Andrew White is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the recruiting process – and the Kansas Jayhawks remain firmly in the hunt.

The Kansas Jayhawks may not land Andrew White.

That's just the way recruiting works. However, should the 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing from Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School choose to play his college ball somewhere other than Lawrence, Kan. one thing is certain.

It won't be because the Kansas coaching staff failed to put in the work.

"I talked to Coach (Bill) Self," White said. "I called him twice this week. I think my dad has talked to them a couple of times this week, and last week (assistant) Coach (Joe) Dooley came to see me work out."

In the past month, the four-star Class of 2012 prospect has been on a handful of official visits, first to Kansas the weekend of Sept. 24 for the program's 'Legends of the Phog' alumni exhibition event. He followed that trip with officials to Louisville, Texas and West Virginia.

While taking a fifth and final visit prior to a decision is a possibility, the looming start of the high school season has prevented anything from being set in stone.

"I haven't done any setting up this week," White said. "This upcoming week we're going to get into the thick of our practicing and games are going to start up. I'm not sure what my family and I are going to do about that fifth official visit."

In recent weeks, speculation has emerged that whatever the talented wing's final decision, he would remain close to home.

The speculation has likely emerged because of his strong base of family support, White explained. It's not uncommon for 25 family members to make their presence felt at his games.

So while their are advantages to remaining near his roots, he said, it's far from a foregone conclusion.

"Everybody just kind of assumes I'm staying in the ACC, (the states of) Virginia or North Carolina," White said. "But I never want to put the word out that I'm staying close to home."

A month removed from his visit to Kansas, the Jayhawks remain in strong position with him.

"There's still a lot of connections there," White said. "I'm definitely keeping Kansas alive. They've got a great situation for me and, of course, they're a great program. That's one I would not cut off my list."

And while he hasn't set a firm date for a decision - saying it will happen "more or less when it feels right" - he is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"I couldn't imagine going much longer than two weeks," White said. "Maybe earlier, maybe later. But (he's trying) to get this finished with as soon as possible just so I can stop stressing out all these schools."

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