Irish offer four-star big skill
Notre Dame offered four-star linebacker Devin White of Springhill (La.) North Webster last week. Former Irish running backs coach Tony Alford offered the 6-foot-2, 223-pound athlete as a running back.
“Most schools like me at running back,” White said. “I recently released a statement on Twitter that I would rather play linebacker in college because they have a longer career in the NFL and are getting drafted higher than running backs right now. All schools have been open to that idea, but they want me to stay open-minded.”
White said regardless of his recruiter at Notre Dame, the Irish will be on his radar.
“The main thing about Notre Dame is their business school,” White said. “Learning that they have the No. 1 business school in the country definitely caught my eye because I want to major in business. Coach Alford was actually the first coach to say he wanted to talk to my mom and include her in the process, and we were starting to build a good relationship. So, I know what kind of people gravitate towards Notre Dame and I know what kind of coaches they have. It seems like a great place.”
White also has offers from Alabama, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and TCU. He doesn’t claim favorites but has taken trips to Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Despite growing up in Louisiana, White said he didn’t grow up a fan of the Tigers.
“I’m not going to lie, I didn’t grow up liking LSU,” White said. “I really didn’t have a team because I didn’t start liking football until I was older.”
White describes his game on the field as “unique.”
“I’m powerful and I’m fast,” White said. “I get in and out of the hole and run by you. At the same time, I can stiff-arm you. I have the unique mix of power and speed.”
White plans to visit schools this spring, but no trips are currently planned.
White is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 7 middle linebacker in the class of 2016.