White Ready to 'Open A Lot of Eyes'

After winning a state title and breaking rushing records at Asheville (N.C.), all that was left to cap Johnny White's prolific high school career was signing with North Carolina -- which he did on Wednesday morning.

"For the first time he went down there [he liked UNC]," said Asheville head football Coach Danny Wilkins. "He went down for a basketball game and a couple of junior spring visits. I guess with it being a state university and following them through the years, once he got down there he just confirmed that's where he wanted to go."

White, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound tailback, has enough tools to see the field as early as his freshman season, according to Wilkins.

"They're getting a guy that might be able to him them immediately," said Wilkins. "He's a strong, fast competitive kid. He's a team player. I think he's going to open a lot of eyes when he gets down there of the many folks that haven't heard of Johnny White."

With the help of Clemson commit Crezdon Butler, White lead Asheville to a NCHSAA 3A Championship. During the season, White rushed for 1,855 yards and 31 touchdowns on just 238 carries (7.79-yard average). In the process, White broke Asheville's career rushing record held by Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice with 5,123 yards and 90 touchdowns.

For most of the recruiting process, White looked to me a candidate for prep school. However, with his academics now heading in the right direction, White should be ready to enroll this summer.

"It's looking real good," said Wilkins. "I was told that he's qualified, but at the same time he's got two core courses that he needs to pass. But he's in good shape."

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