White Still in Touch with Terps

It's been an interesting offseason to say the least for junior cornerback Ashton White. First, in December, the 5-foot-11, 176-pounder abruptly committed to Virginia Tech following a campus visit. Then, shortly thereafter, he left his high school, Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.), and transferred back to the school he spent his first two season, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.).

It's been an interesting offseason to say the least for junior cornerback Ashton White. First, in December, the 5-foot-11, 176-pounder abruptly committed to Virginia Tech following a campus visit. Then, shortly thereafter, he left his high school, Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.), and transferred back to the school he spent his first two season, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.).

"I actually really liked Friendship. Coach [Aazaar Abdul Rahim] is a great coach and he has a good plan for all his athletes," White said. "He wants the best for them and really cares about them. I learned a lot from him.

"But I had to make an academic move. I had to think about my future, and my parents and I decided I'd be best prepared for the college curriculum if I went back to McNamara. But I'm excited about it; I started at McNamara and now I'll be finishing there."

White has already changed high schools a couple times, and there's a chance he could switch colleges as well. Though he's still committed to Virginia Tech, White said he's going to visit other schools and explore his options. He currently holds offers from Maryland and Ohio State, in addition to the Hokies, and figures to see his interest spike if indeed he hits the open market again.

"I've actually still been in contact with Maryland a good amount," White said. "They're pitching the stay-home movement to me, trying to keep the local guys here. It's something to think about; I think [the stay-home idea] is great to be honest."

The stud cornerback just recently watched his friend, Damian Prince, sign with Maryland on Feb. 5 at a school ceremony. White said he tried not to get too caught up in it, but "it was really cool to see."

"I knew he was going to Maryland for a long time, and that's great for him. He always speaks well of the school, and he loves it there," White said. "Damian is like a second brother to me, and it's good to see him go there."

White has been talking to Maryland assistant Mike Locksley and the corner plans to be at UMD's junior day Feb. 22. He hasn't been in College Park since the summer, when he attended a camp and subsequently was offered.

"Coach Locksley, he's great," White said. "He's been on me since I was a freshman, and he's a cool dude who you can talk to. He knows football, he knows how to joke around, how to talk to you. He's great."

But though White has had contact with Maryland, he is still committed to Virginia Tech. He said he has a solid rapport with the Hokies' staff and has friends on the team.

"I was down there for the junior day [Feb. 8] and the coaches said they really like me and want me. I got to see the campus again; it was a good time," White said. "Right now I'm committed to them. But I'll probably still see other schools and see what's out there."

In addition to a Maryland visit, White would like to get out to Ohio State in March, Clemson and possibly Miami over spring break. He's already visited Blacksburg, College Park and Columbus in the past, in addition to Penn State, North Carolina and West Virginia.

"I've been to a bunch of places and I'll see more this offseason," White said. "I want to see what's going on at some places out west like Stanford or USC. Notre Dame, I like them too. Since I committed a lot of schools actually slowed down talking to me, but before that Rutgers, UNC, PSU, Clemson, Michigan State and Nebraska were all on me. So we'll see what schools start talking to me, and I'll plan visits from there."

Last season White had 75 tackles and one interception, in addition to double-digit pass breakups, for FCA. He said he's eager to play in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference again and show out for McNamara this year.

"I'm hoping to have a great final season at the place I started," White said. "Coach [Keith] Goganious is a great coach, so I'm looking forward to playing there again."

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