Seton-LaSalle head coach Greg Perry is excited about the newest addition to his team. Malik White, who's played strictly basketball for his athletic career is going to give football a shot.
White has begun summer conditioning with the football team, but before that he attended the Nike Football Training Camp and the Pitt 7-on-7 passing camp last weekend--all this, despite never having played a down of football.
"I'm really glad Malik decided to come out and play for us," Perry said. "He has the type of body and frame that you can't teach kids. He moves around very well, athletically. We're going to wait and see what happens when we put pads on--if he can get physical and aggressive.
"He showed that at the Pitt passing camp this past weekend. He was a little timid at first, but by game five, he was getting more aggressive, and he was getting after it. I liked what I saw."
Similar to how certain colleges are using multiple tight ends in multiple ways--similar to what Pitt likes to do--Perry is going to use White in a similar manner, while hoping to find a permanent position in the process. Ideally, some college will catch on, and offer White a scholarship if all goes well.
"We're going to use him at receiver, maybe at tight end or in the slot, maybe at H-back," Perry said. "I think that he can create matchup problems because of his athleticism and his size. He has really soft hands. I guess that's a basketball trait, but he has wide receiver-soft hands for a football guy. We're excited for him."
"I think it creates such a matchup. He's so athletic and big for a linebacker to watch him. By the same sense, he has enough speed to compete with the defensive backs."
Giving it a shot at the Nike Football Camp just a few weeks ago, White says there was no hesitation or nervousness on his part. Even though the routes being run, the rest of the group had done for a number of years, he says he picked things up quickly.
"For my first time, it was good," White said. "It was rough at first, learning the routes. I had my spikes on, and they were too small (for the field), but it was still good. (The routes) were challenging, but after awhile it was kind of easy."
"Delvon Randall, from Gateway, me and his dad," White said. "We're real close, and he helped me. Delvon and I are real close."
In addition to the Nike camp, White worked out with his team at the Pitt 7-on-7 camp this past weekend. As Perry said, it took a few scrimmages to get used to it, to get more physical. However, he did catch the eye of Pitt tight ends coach Joe Rudolph. At the very least, there is some mutual interest.
"The Nike combine, it was a lot of drills," White said. "The passing camp, you got to play, and it was a good experience. I got to talk to coach Rudolph, the tight ends coach. I talked to four coaches already. I'm definitely going to stay in touch with them. I liked what they had to say. Kent State was there. I talked to West Virginia, Toledo and Bowling Green, too."