“I’ve visited a lot – a lot,” White laughed. “It’s more than five.”
Smith and White aren’t just former Scotland High teammates, the two are close friends. Thus, White has stopped by campus a slew of times to see Smith. Many of those trips have essentially turned into impromptu recruiting visits for White, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back.
“I guess it has allowed me to feel at home there and get close to the coaches,” White said.
Case in point: White's most recent visit this past weekend. He was in town to see Smith, but UNC assistant coaches Larry Porter and John Papuchis crashed the party.
“We were just chilling and just having fun,” White said. “[Porter and Papuchis] talked about early playing time. They’ve compared me to [Elijah Hood].”
White’s unmatched familiarity with UNC has drastically improved his comfort level with the program, he says. And comfort level will have a “huge part” in his collegiate decision, he added.
In addition to UNC, White says he feels comfortable at Alabama, Florida, Clemson, and Ohio State. While he’s unable to recall how often he’s step foot in Chapel Hill, he knows he’s visited Alabama and Clemson twice, and the other two just once.
Smith has made sure to share his thoughts about his eight-month UNC stay.
“He said he’s had good experiences,” White said. “He said it’s great there.”
White says Smith hasn’t pitched UNC. Instead, Smith has provided advice on how to handle the recruiting process.
“He just said just chill through it and just ease it on by,” White said.
That’s exactly the mentality White has taken.
“I don’t even count my offers,” White said. “I’m not sure who my last one was.”
White also doesn’t possess an official list of favorite schools and isn’t exactly sure when one will be assembled. But, he admitted that UNC is a school he thinks highly of.