White Officially Member of UNC Family

Signing and faxing his National Letter-of-Intent Wednesday has been a long time coming for Randy White.

"It means a lot," White said. "I've been waiting for this for a long time. It's kind of hard for me to believe."

White, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound jumbo athlete from Bristol (Va.) Virginia, was UNC's first non-post-grad verbal commitment of this class.

"Once [the commitment] happened it seemed like it took forever to get here," White said.

After earning a scholarship offer during UNC's three-day camp in June, White verbally committed to Butch Davis.

"I really liked Butch Davis and Steve Hagen," White said. "The way they talk, the experience they have as coaches, what they were talking about doing with the program and the type of recruits they were trying to bring in. The courtesy of everyone there at Carolina, too, just made me feel part of a family just not part of a team."

Since he was the first to pledge, White has had a great seat to watch the rest of the recruiting class unfold.

"I'm real happy with the recruits that we have committed so far," White said. "‘Coop' [Jonathan Cooper], he just committed. A.J. Blue, he was there the weekend that I was. I got to know those guys pretty well. I'm real happy with the type of guys that we have."

Hagen has been handling White's recruitment and figures to be his position coach. In UNC's offense, White is penciled in as a hybrid-back. He will also compete at long snapper.

For Virginia High, White was a 48-minute man - playing tight end, fullback, and wide receiver on offense, defensive line, linebacker and safety on defense, and had a place on just about every special teams unit.

However, White's senior season was cut short by a labral tear in the third game. He had surgery on his shoulder in October, but is now ahead of schedule with getting back to 100-percent.

"The shoulder is good," White said. "I'm done with therapy and I start lifting Monday."

White is qualified and ready to enrol.

"My grades, they're looking good," White said. "I needed one class to get in, but I talked to them down there. They said I have a year to take it once I get there."

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