Actually, it’s only heated up in the last month.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound White is participating in the Alabama - Mississippi All-Star Game this week. He donned an Iowa State jacket Monday morning as he reported with the rest of his Mississippi teammates. He’s been committed to the Cyclones since August.
Ole Miss and Minnesota, however, are making a push. The Rebels especially.
“I had a home visit with them yesterday right before I came in,” White said. “They’ve really picked up the heat on me, and they figure me as a great asset to their defense.”
White was visited by Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Luke. Because he isn’t a December grad, unlike his five-star teammate Cam Akers, head coach Hugh Freeze, White said, is saving his in-home for January.
“(Luke) just talked to me about how big I was to the Ole Miss defense and how they could use me,” White said. “He was just asking me what was holding me back from actually coming to Ole Miss and things like that.
“He wanted to touch base with my family. He wanted us to see his face because he wasn’t our regular recruiter. He was telling us a little bit about coach Freeze. I don’t graduate in December, so coach Freeze probably won’t come see me until January. Since he’s an assistant coach, he came and saw me. He was talking about a lot of stuff.”
Ole Miss likes White as a free safety or possible husky. He also has the option to play wide receiver, if he wants. He’s currently leaning to defense. Of course, where he’ll end up should he ultimately choose Ole Miss will hinge on who the Rebels hire as defensive coordinator. Dave Wommack retired following the Egg Bowl 10 days ago.
White is rated the No. 81 safety in the country by Scout.com. Additional offers include, among others, Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida.
“They weren’t telling me anything, they were just letting me know they will hire someone new,” White said. “When they hire him, he’ll come see me. It doesn’t bother me at all. Teams go through changes, and that’s just one of the changes they’re going through.”
White will take official visits to Ole Miss and Minnesota in January. He's already tripped to Iowa State, though he said he might make his way back to Ames once more before coming to a final decision. Minnesota went into his home last week.
“I’m actually still committed to them,” White said of Iowa State. “They’re definitely still in the race, as well as Minnesota. I’m looking at all my options.
“The main position (the Golden Gophers) want me to play is receiver. The coaching staff was telling me and my family some pretty interesting things we didn’t know. I appreciate them coming by.”
Along with White, Ole Miss is hot after Akers, a 5-foot-11, 212-pound running back who Scout ranks as its No. 4 overall prospect and its No. 2 running back. White and Akers, who led Clinton (Miss.) High School to a state championship last Friday, have yet to really discuss potentially playing together at the next level.
“We really haven’t even had that much time to talk about it ‘cause we just won a state championship Friday,” White said. “We will eventually. If we really want to play together, I think we’ll go play together somewhere and be successful there.”
Akers or not, Ole Miss has given White plenty to think about with National Signing Day around the corner.
“I told (Luke) nothing’s holding me back right now,” White said. “I’m going through all my options. I won’t make a decision until I’m 100 percent certain.
“I just want them to keep doing what they’re doing. It’ll just be for me if I know that’s the school for me or not. They’re not doing anything wrong; they’re doing all the right things. I appreciate that.”