One of Corey White’s dreams has always been to play football for LSU and on Friday afternoon he inched one step closer to making that a reality.
“I committed and it feels great,” White told TigerSportsDigest.com. “The coaches were so excited and it’s a great way to go into the weekend.”
White, a 6-foot-4, 303-pounder, played left guard and left tackle for Capitol head coach Chadwick Germany during his junior season. He was the Lions’ top lineman for a front that paved the way for Frankie Jackson who rushed for 2,545 yards and 34 touchdowns.
White’s versatility is one thing that college coaches – LSU, Houston, Utah, Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama and others – have spoken highly of when visiting with Germany, but that’s not all.
“They love his size first of all and the fact that he can play inside and on the edge,” Germany said. “He moves his feet well for someone his size and he will hit you. Corey’s got good, strong hands too and he uses them well so he has all the tools.
“Corey has always wanted to go to LSU and Frank (Wilson) wanted to get it wrapped up so it’s done,” added Germany.
Getting his commitment wrapped up this early in the process will allow White to focus on his academics and prepare for his senior season without the distractions that go with recruiting.
It also gives him a chance to have plenty of time to bond with his new coaches, particularly LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.
“My relationship with LSU is real good and I feel real comfortable around them,” White said. “Coach Stud is a good coach and I can tell he knows a lot from when I went to camp and he taught me so much. Now, I’m just looking forward to getting to know them all better.”
The relationship he’s built with Studrawa and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton is one of the many reasons he wanted to stay close to home to play his college football. But there were more.
“My parents wanted me to go to LSU so they could see me play and that was important to me,” White stated. “LSU has been my favorite school since I was little and I like the way they run their program. There were too many positives to go any place else.”
White’s family and friends being able to see him play on Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium was also something that tilted the scales to LSU’s favor.
“That was important to me to be able to stay close to my family and friends,” said White. “It’s something that no other school could offer along with the chance to win a national championship.”
Now, heading into the Christmas break, White is looking to spend some quality time with his loved ones. There will be a lot of your traditional Christmas colors around the White family tree with a couple of new colors sprinkled in.
“It will be a purple and gold Christmas,” White said.
White joins Jeremy Hill, La'el Collins and Anthony Johnson as LSU commitments for 2011.