White, a former Iowa State commitment, visited the Rebels officially with his parents, Jonathan and Kim Ruffin, over the weekend. He's set to make his decision Wednesday morning at 10, and all signs point towards Oxford.
“Me and my family made a decision last week and we wanted to come up here just to make sure the decision was solidified,” White said. “I think we made the right decision to where we’re going. What solidified is us making the decision as a family.”
His parents echoed their son’s sentiments.
“This trip was nice,” Kim said. “It was very informative. My big thing is education, so I loved the whole educational part. Dad’s more football, so I don’t know nothing about that. But I loved the trip, I loved the campus, I loved the people and I loved the atmosphere. I’m 95 percent that this would be the school for him. That’s where I’m at now. I actually love it. I love the family support. I feel like every kid needs that.”
“I think Ole Miss is in a great position to make a push in the SEC and potentially, hopefully, we’re going to put ourselves in a great position to win the whole thing this year,” Jonathan said. “A lot of people, I think, have been discouraged because of the sanctions that may possibly come against Ole Miss, but I think they’re going to miss out on something great here by letting that deter them from signing with Ole Miss.”
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound White — a Clinton, Miss., product — holds a multitude of scholarship offers ranging from Iowa State, Ole Miss and Minnesota to Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
White is rated the No. 84 safety in the country by Scout.com and the No. 2 safety in Mississippi. His player host for the weekend was Ole Miss defensive back A.J. Moore.
“The town, I liked that. It seems very family-oriented, and that’s what Kam White is about, family. He needs that,” Kim said. “He needs that support. I’m willing to think and see that they would give it to him. I was kind of nervous at first because I didn’t know exactly how the whole from teenager to almost an adult would work out. From the schedule and the education, they’re probably going to be just like me. Get up, you’ve got a schedule, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to be here, you’ve got to be there.”
“Hugh Freeze seems to be a great leader,” Jonathan said. “He seems to be a man of God. The way he interacts with the kids, the way he interacts with his coaching staff, it’s something you should want your kids most definitely to be around. Found a place that feels like home, and you know you want to be a part of it.”
Should White ultimately commit to Ole Miss, he’d become just the fourth Mississippi prospect in the Rebels’ 2017 class, joining four-star wide receiver D.D. Bowie and three-star offensive linemen Ben Brown and Lavante Epson.
White sat with Bowie during Saturday’s Ole Miss basketball game against Baylor.
“Me and D.D. played in the Mississippi vs. Alabama game, so we’re already friends,” White said. “So sitting by him was fun. He a clown. I thought Ole Miss was going to pull it out, but they couldn’t finish. It was a hard loss for them.”
Bowie pledged to Ole Miss over a year ago. However, doubt about where his commitment stands was cast last week when he visited in-state rival Mississippi State and also entertained Bulldog coaches at his house and school.
“I don’t think it’s affecting him as much as everybody thinks it is,” White said. “He wants to make the right decision for him. I think he’s going to go where he wants to go and where he can play and do the most damage.”
White was noncommittal on whether Bowie will end up sticking with the Rebels.
“He might be,” he said. “We don’t know yet.”