PSU High on Virginia WR/K

Jared White of Lord Botetourt High in Daleville, VA rarely comes off the field. He plays wide receiver, strong safety, kicks, punts, returns kickoffs and returns punts. It has previously been reported that PSU has offered Jared a scholarship.

The Virginia athlete is 6'1", 182 pounds, and was timed at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash while at a Wake Forest summer camp.  Last season, Jared caught more than 70 passes for over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns.  He also made 11 of 14 field goals, including a 57-yarder.  He punted the ball approximately 20 times as well, averaging close to 41 yards per punt.

His team is off to a 3-0 start this season.  Jared has caught 26 passes already, scoring 4 times.  He needs just 23 more catches in order to break the Virginia state career reception record of 197 catches, which at his current pace seems inevitable.  As a result of his accomplishments, Jared is receiving some much deserved attention.

"The schools that are showing the most interest are West Point, Miami of Ohio, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wake Forest," he said.  "They're showing a lot of interest.  They're only soft offers at this point, just conversation over the phone.  I haven't received a written offer yet.  They say things like 'we want you to come here, you'd fit right in', and 'we'd like you to commit'."

Jared will probably wait until the end of his season to make a final decision.

"I'd like to make a commitment soon," he said.  "Those schools are putting a lot of pressure on me to decide.  I also don't want to jump into it and make the wrong decision.  I think by the end of the season, I'll definitely know where I'm going."

Jared seems to have two early leaders.

"Miami of Ohio is looking good," he relented.  "I've been really impressed with the program they have up there.  Wake Forest too, they're definitely on the rise.  I've been down there about 3 or 4 times.  I like the campuses of those two schools, their coaching staffs, the programs and the interest they've showed in me.  I don't want to say that they are my two top teams but I like them both a lot right now."

This summer, he attended camps at Clemson, who was very interested, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and a kicking camp at NC State.

The Pittsburgh camp was a one-day WR/QB camp.

"It was mainly for local guys and I was up there with my relatives," Jared said.  "My mother's parents and my father's parents live up there [in Pennsylvania].  I go up there a couple of times a year."

In addition to the camps previously mentioned, Jared has taken unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Miami of Ohio, Maryland and Penn State.

"I've been up to Penn State," he said.  "It was this past winter.  My father and I went up there and met with the coaches.  We toured the campus and then talked to the coaches, the recruiting coordinator and the kicking coach.  Penn State is recruiting me as a kicker and a little bit as a wide receiver," he said.  "They mainly want me at the kicker position.  That would be nice, going up there with all of my relatives up there, but, I want to concentrate on receiver.  I didn't turn them down or anything.  I keep everything open.  I think they're only going to bring in one WR or something like that.  They're definitely looking to bring in another kicker, and they will offer a full ride for that.  Later down the road, they have to see what balances out.  They don't want to go ahead and offer a kicker and lose another position.  They'd like me to commit, but they just don't know what money is going to be there right now.  I'm not saying I won't be a kicker, I'm just saying I prefer the receiver position."

Jared will probably attend college outside the state of Virginia.

"All the athletes around here either commit to Virginia or Virginia Tech," he said.  "Every once in a while, someone will go out of the state.  That's pretty much what I'm looking forward to doing, just doing something different."

He is good friends with Mike Hamler, an OLB at Wake Forest, and also Justin London, the highly touted LB from Roanoke, VA.

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