Signee Update: Randy White

North Carolina signee Randy White has successfully tested his surgically repaired right shoulder this spring by participating in the shot put and discus.

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"It feels great," White said. "I can't feel any difference then if it was my left arm. It feels normal."

White, a 6-foot-5 jumbo athlete from Bristol (Va.) Virginia, saw his senior football season cut short by a labral tear in the third game. He had surgery on his right shoulder in October.

Heading into the spring track season, White had concerns regarding testing his shoulder.

"I actually thought about not doing track this year," White said. "I just had to start throwing and once I did I was scared at first but I kept throwing. The fear just went away and I was finally able to throw hard again."

White is now reaping the benefits. He's ranked No. 1 in the region in both the shot put and discus and has already qualified for the VHSL State Track Meet in both. He'll participate in the regional meet this Saturday.

White's best throw in discus is 149'09.05" and 52'3" in the shot put.

During his limited spare time, White, like most fellow UNC signees, is following the workout regimen UNC's strength and conditioning staff has sent him.

"I'll usually find time," White said. "I have weight lifting the last period of the day in school. I'll stay after track practice and finish up stuff I didn't get to do [in weight lifting class]."

UNC has asked White to be in the 245-250-pound range before arriving on campus. White, who played his senior football season at 235, recently weighed in at 245 pounds.

Steve Hagen, White's primary recruiter and position coach, hasn't discussed White's position recently. However, White feels he's now being projected for tight end, as opposed to hybrid back.

"I think I might be used for on-line blocking and a little bit of catching," White said.

For Virginia High, White rarely left the field - 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.

With concerns surrounding UNC's long snapping, White, who has three years of experience in the area, will immediately be in the mix for landing the field goal and/or punt snapper job.

"[The coaches] always ask me if I've been practicing my long snapping," White said.

If he doesn't earn a spot on the two-deep, White expects to be red-shirted.

"[Hagen] told me if I hadn't gotten any playing time within the first few games they might just go ahead and red-shirt me," White said. "Either way I'd love to play but I'd love to be another year stronger."

White is fully qualified and expects to arrive on campus on June 16.

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