"It's definitely amazing to watch those guys," White said. "I knew Mike Phelps as a kid when I swam against him. I played basketball against Carmelo Anthony and had a friend who played AAU ball with him. It's crazy to see them in the roles they have come to now.
"I definitely have pride for my hometown and I love to see those guys out there."
White went up against Phelps – and beat him – in swimming when each was much younger.
"At the age of 8, I did beat him," White said. "But very quickly, you could see his skill and see that he was going to develop into a really good swimmer."
White's second brush with greatness came in high school basketball as his Gilman School team faced Anthony when he played as a junior at Towson Catholic.
"Carmelo scored 29 points against it and it was as quiet as 29 points could be," White recalled. "He was laying back and dishing the ball off and still scored 29 points against us."
Of course, White has plenty going on right now. He is in the middle of preseason camp with the Buckeyes, working with the fullbacks primarily.
"This is the hardest preseason camp I've been," he said. "I think back to the first day. Guys were in helmets and they were going full speed because positions are open. That competition is making everybody play harder. I think that will help us in the long run.
"It's how you do day in and day out over the next several weeks and on into the season. Two-a-days are no fun. You pay the price now for the upcoming season."
The versatile White came to OSU as a linebacker, but has also dabbled at tight end before finding a home with the fullbacks. Where will he play for the Buckeyes this year?
"At this point, it's up in the air," he said. "I could be playing a lot or not playing a lot depending on how I perform. I think, all along, my strongest place is the H-back. I'm not really a true fullback or a true tight end. I'm more of the motion guy, a Frank Wycheck type player would be my idol. Ben Hartsock was the guy who did most of that for us last year."
"You never know with injuries," White said. "I am kind of a utility guy. I could see moving there if things like that happen."
The 6-3, 242-pound White played in 12 of OSU's 13 games as a redshirt freshman last year. He also worked on special teams. He hopes to be a part of the offense this year. He was asked how he sees the offense going this season.
"It's hard to say right now that we will be a more productive offense, but I think we will definitely be more exciting to watch from a fans' perspective," he said. "Our offensive line is more athletic than we've had in the past. They should be able to move and do more things than we've been able to do."
White said he is enjoying a chance to play for new OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel.
"He's a guy that has been around the game a long time and he definitely knows what he is talking about," White said. "He brings a lot of energy to it."
White has a lot of energy where Ohio State is concerned. His dad, Stan White, was an All-American linebacker for the Buckeyes, playing at OSU from 1969-71. He then went on to a long NFL career with the Baltimore Colts.
"I definitely have loved Ohio State because of my dad," he said. "I have been blessed. I have been around a lot of smart guys here at Ohio State, but he is still one of the best football minds I have been around. That's the reason he played a long time in the pros because he sees a lot of things that others do not."
Whenever possible, the elder White comes to Columbus to see his son practice and play.
"He definitely loves Ohio State football and he is committed to me and my two sisters," he said. "He loves to watch me compete."