LSU was the first to offer him back in the summer of 2013, a couple months before he started his sophomore year. Many more schools have come through since, and he’s become one of the hotter recruits in the state.
Now that the Class of 2016 is on the clock, White’s starting to feel that heat.
“It’s full press on me from every school that’s offered me,” he said. “Even the schools that haven’t offered me, the ones that are trying to get a feel for me, they’re coming full press too.”
He mentioned six schools that are recruiting him hardest — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
He’s attended Junior Days at Alabama, A&M, LSU and Ole Miss. He may return to College Station this weekend, and he hopes to check out several other schools this spring.
“I just want to go visit all the schools, see what they have to offer,” White said. “I want to see what my playing time would be and see how hard they work. I want to go out in the spring and see them work. I just want to be comfortable.”
One school where White knows he feels comfortable is LSU. He’s visited that school more than any other during his recruitment. He attended “Boys from the Boot” in February and stopped by the facility last weekend while on his way home from a 7-on-7 scrimmage in Kenner (where this interview was conducted).
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“I’m just building the relationships some more,” White said of the time he’s spent with the LSU coaches. “I’ve seen everything. I know everything about the coaching staff. I just need to build a better relationship and talk more with the coaches, hang with some players. I just like to enjoy myself…
“I’m very comfortable [at LSU],” White continued. “It’s right here in the state. They’ve been recruiting me since I was a freshman. They were the first school to offer me, so they found a great talent at a young age.”
LSU assistants Frank Wilson and Steve Ensminger have led White’s recruitment thus far.
“It’s real good,” White said of his relationship with Wilson. “We talk every chance we get. I try to talk to him as much as I can, but I have a busy schedule. He’s a busy man too. But we’ve got a good relationship…
“[Coach Ensminger and I] talk more than me and Coach Frank talk,” White continued. “That’s a good, down-to-earth man. I love him. We’re to the point that we almost have a family relationship going. I can call him and ask him anything, and he can tell me anything and I’ll believe it. I have a lot of trust in him.”
White mentioned Alabama’s Burton Burns, Arkansas’ Michael Smith and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze as three coaches he has as strong a bond with as he does with Coach Ensminger.
Freeze and those Rebels have carried a lot of buzz in Louisiana after landing Shea Patterson’s commitment last month. White and Patterson have become close friends on the recruiting trail, and White’s hinted that he’d like to play with him on the next level.
But it’s not a package deal.
“It is what it is,” White said. “They recruited Shea at a different position, so they have to recruit me and show me what they can do best for me as well. If they can do the best things for me, then I’ll look at them highly.”
White still has several trips he’d like to take before he commits anywhere though.
“I’m just going to keep looking at more schools, trying to find the best fit for me,” he said. “So I don’t have a time set. I’m not trying to shut it down quick, but I’m also not trying to take it to the end. I just want to make the right decision.”