“When I stepped on campus it just felt like home,” White told BlackandGoldIllustrated.com on Thursday afternoon.
White, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound junior offensive tackle, felt so strongly about the Missouri program during an unofficial visit with two high school teammates that he made a verbal commitment to the Tigers on Thursday.
White is a three-star prospect rated by Scout.com as the 38th-best offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2017.
“I loved the facilities and it’s a family-oriented place and I also liked the health and science department,” White said.
The massive offensive lineman wants to be a physical therapist.
White, who was recruited by Mizzou co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Ryan Walters, likely projects as an offensive tackle for the Tigers but the coaching staff did not tell him specifically where he would play when he arrived on campus.
“They didn’t tell me what position but whatever they want me to play I’ll play it,” White said.
White was one of the more impressive players last weekend at The Opening Regional at Coppell High School in Texas, where he worked at both right and left tackle during drills.
What does White feel like is the strength of his game?
“I believe I bring physicality and because of the length of my arms I believe I can get there quicker than my opponent,” he said.
White took an unofficial visit to Missouri this week with DeSoto teammates Xavier Newman and Kemonte Yow. Newman is a 6-4, 285-pound offensive lineman who also has a scholarship offer from Mizzou. Yow is a 6-1, 235-pound middle linebacker.
Now that White is committed to the Tigers, he’ll try to recruit his teammate, Newman, to join him in Columbia.
“He told me he liked it and everything,” White said. “He just wants to see what else is out there for him.”
White becomes the second commitment for new Missouri head coach Barry Odom in the Class of 2017, following Kansas City area wide receiver DaRon Davis.