Since Qadir White received his offer roughly two months ago, he went from the Bronx to the Banks and back plenty of times throughout Rutgers’ continuous recruitment of him.
Most recently, the Bronx (N.Y.) Cardinal Hayes four-star offensive tackle rolled into Rutgers for Saturday’s barbecue recruiting event with six of his high school teammates and a coach, seeing the campus in a new light.
“It was fun,” White said. “We had a great time competing on the field with kickball and other fun activities. It was good competition with the other recruits, I had a good time.”
The 6-foot-7, 300-pound White remains a top target for the Scarlet Knights in the class of 2018. Rutgers is no stranger to his high school program, already with a 2017 commitment from his teammate in wide receiver Shameen Jones.
White admitted that Jones is in his ear about joining him in Piscataway at the next level, and he acknowledged what it meant to see his teammate stay close to home and choose the Knights early in the process.
“That’s a big step for him and I know it’s a big achievement, and I’m proud of him,” White said. “I look up to him as a big brother.”
White’s eight verbal offers include Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. White said he has increasing interest from a handful of other schools from the Big Ten and the SEC.
“So far, Rutgers has been on me the most,” said White, who has been on campus five times since a junior day in February. “I’ve been having a good relationship with Rutgers so far.”
White, who visited on back-to-back weekends during the summer camp circuit in June after his offer, said he doesn’t have any plans in store for the fall just yet as far as visits go. He put his current focus on the upcoming training camp at Cardinal Hayes and his goal of a championship to come later on in the fall.
But with a ton of time to go in his recruitment, White admits that the likes of head coach Chris Ash and offensive line coach A.J. Blazek have his attention.
“What they’re building at Rutgers is excellent,” White said. “I like it a lot. The program changed from over the year, they got new coaches and this season for Rutgers is gonna be great.”