Sometimes a school can find a connection with a junior college. That certainly is the case for the 2016 class with Oklahoma and Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna Community College.
The Sooners have been there often, landing the signature of Scout Juco 100 offensive tackle Ashton Julious. And now in back-to-back weeks, OU has made offers to two more guys on defense.
Last week it was linebacker Kapri Doucet and this time around it’s four-star safety Kyzir White, currently committed to West Virginia.
Not all offers resonate the same way, but any offer made in January is eye-opening because it usually happens after the coaches have evaluated their depth and the class and have decided what they still need to be successful.
White, the younger brother of former West Virginia star receiver Kevin White, is listening to OU, if nothing else.
“I talked to them when we left school so that was like three, four weeks ago,” White said. “The coaches were coming up to see Ashton. They told me they liked my film.”
Liking film is one thing and offering is another. White said he received a call from linebackers coach Tim Kish on Tuesday, building the relationship. White said OU liked him as a player and was still waiting to see what a couple of guys were going to do.
But White called back Tuesday evening and Kish didn’t hesitate to make the offer. White said the message from Kish was clear in there was no reason to worry.
White is ranked No. 27 in the Scout Juco 100. Listed at free safety, it seems obvious that would not be his position if he was to flip to the Sooners.
“He said they could play me anywhere,” White said. “He said they’re really thin at linebacker so maybe there or sort of like a rover position. A lot of schools see me like that as a safety who helps in run coverage and moves around.”
Pledged to the Mountaineers since June and with all the family ties to the program (his other brother is also currently on WVU), it seems like a long shot. But it’s one OU is taking.
White is open to any and all visits right now because he hasn’t taken one as of this time. Visits to USC and Penn State are penciled in although it will be a waiting game to see if they happen.
An OU visit has not been ruled out at all and White said they were working on the details of trying to make that happen Tuesday evening. He could come on a weekend, or if his schedule allows it, he could fit in a mid-week official visit. Nothing is certain just yet.
Less than three weeks away from signing day, and this offer from OU is not going unnoticed by White.
“It does mean a lot,” White said. “They made it to the final four this year. They have a lot of talent and are always in the conversation.”
White’s first offer was from West Virginia, and he’s obviously familiar with that program but open to what other schools have to say.
It’s not his first rodeo.
“I’m enjoying the process,” White said. “I know how this process goes. I’m weighing my options and looking for where I feel the most comfortable. Who needs me the most.”
White does have a redshirt year available with three years to play two seasons’ worth of eligibility. Early playing time would be nice, but it seems the comfort and need factor will trump anything else.
He said he’s looking for a great relationship with coaches, especially outside of football. He wants to be able to talk about any and everything in life.
Juco ball has gotten him prepared, both as a person and a player. He’s eager to show exactly what he can do.
“I fly to the ball,” White said. “I’m a lot more physical than I used to be. The players I’m around – all capable of being Division I players. Fast, agile, everyone is fighting for that spot so I feel I’m ready.”
One of those guys is Julious, who arrived in Norman on Thursday. As for a message from Juilous about OU, it was crystal clear.
“Come join the family,” White said. “That’s what Ashton told me.”null