White Excited About What's Cookin' At Mizzou

An avid chef who enjoys creating pasta dishes of all sorts, Harmony Prep (Ohio) linebacker and Missouri recruit George White has been thinking a lot lately about going into some sort of culinary career when his football career is over. He's also excited about what's cooking at Mizzou.

"They're ranked right now and doing well," said White, a Michigan native who originally committed to Michigan State before choosing MU in February. "It feels pretty good to know I chose a program that's on the rise."

At Harmony Prep, where he's working on tidying his transcript, White has made the move from linebacker to defensive end. The 6-foot-3 run-stuffer weighed 250 pounds when he got there, but has dropped 10 pounds and is hoping he'll get to play his position of choice in college.

"Hopefully I can move back to linebacker, but if defensive end is what it is, it is what it is. I have talked to the coaches about it a little bit, but not much," he said.

White was originally an offensive lineman, but moved to linebacker midway through his junior year at Carman-Ainsworth High in Flint, MI., and thirved. He runs a 4.75-second 40-yard dash and was regarded as one of the top 30 players in the state as a senior – a ranking that may have been lowered by his late bloom. He's planning to head to Columbia in January assuming all is well academically; he believe he's already qualified, but will take the ACT again this fall in an attempt to make sure.

Harmony got off to a tough start, but pulled out a big win this past weekend when it beat Marshall University's J.V. team. Despite excelling on the football field, homesickness was a small issue during the first few weeks of White's stay in Ohio.

"At first it was tough. You get tired of going back and forth, but you've just got to stick with it," he said.

One of his teammates is wide receiver Rolandis Woodland, a highly touted prospect out of St. Louis who also is committed to Missouri. The two have bonded quickly.

"He's cool. We talk all the time about it, and he tells me what Missouri is doing," White said. "We both can't wait to get there."

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