D-lineman Lands Blue & White Offer

New Jersey Class of 2014 standout tackle Antione White is being targeted by Penn State. He could not make it to camp Saturday but still received good news from the Nittany Lion staff.

Early last week, Penn State asked Antoine White if he could visit University Park for Saturday's Advanced Skills Camp. But the Millville (N.J.) senior-to-be couldn't arrange travel plans on such short notice.

But he did make a call to his PSU recruiting contact, linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, Saturday night. White is happy to report he received a scholarship offer, his 13th.

"It was definitely amazing that they finally pulled the trigger," White said. "I'm definitely interested in them, and they are definitely high on my list. I haven't prioritized it from top to bottom yet, but I hope my recruiting keeps on rolling and I can do that soon.

"[Vanderlinden] appreciated how hard I tried to get up there, and he asked me to give him a call last night. He said they've had my offer locked in for a week, but they wanted to get me on campus to work with Coach J [Larry Johnson] individually, and so Coach [Bill] O'Brien could do it in person."

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound FOX Sports NEXT three-star prospect has long heard from the Lions, and kept a steady eye on the progress of the program even before an offer presented itself.

He's also kept in steady contact with a pair of current Lions. He met State defensive tackle Austin Johnson during his sophomore season and also has spoke with Class of 2013 signee Brandon Bell at an award banquets.

Both have given him plenty of insight into the Lions' program, and he also gained some himself during an unofficial visit last fall.

"I've noticed how the chemistry of the coaching staff is. I'm fortunate enough to know Austin Johnson — he went to school in the town next to mine — and he told me why he chose Penn State," White said. "I love their facilities. The weight room is incredible, as are the strength coaches.

"The tradition and how strong they've stayed stands out, too. The coaching staff came together almost last minute, but when I went on my visit, I couldn't tell that. It was like they had been coaching together for years, and they have a great recruiting class coming in."

White made 80 tackles and recorded five sacks in his junior campaign, and will make a trip to either Syracuse or Pittsburgh next weekend. He says he's hearing most from North Carolina, Rutgers and Maryland.

He plans on speaking with Johnson Sunday evening and O'Brien sometime Monday, and a visit to University Park before the summer concludes is under consideration. If not, White plans to visit Beaver Stadium for a home game this fall.

The end of the summer is when the tackle will set his official visits, and a decision will likely come sometime during the season, or possibly after. White said that, as of now, he does not have a timeline in mind.

He is now in line with the Lions, though, and is excited to further pursue what the school has to offer. Academics will play a large role in his decision, and the school he attends will have to offer and be strong in both criminal justice and education. He's unsure which one of the two fields he would like to major in.

"I have to have a good relationship with the people I'm around, like the city, and fit in with the players. That's a huge factor," he said. "Going through the process, they have been a school that has piqued my interest. Coach Johnson's resume speaks for itself with getting guys into the league."

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