Sweet Sixteen

With four other offers on the table, Orange Coast College RB Kyle White has chosen to become a Texas State Bobcat. Lead Reporter Keff Ciardello has the update right here.

Back when TXST first offered Orange Coast College running back Kyle White during the spring, it was just his second offer, behind Georgia Southern. Since then, Idaho, Georgia State and UAB followed suit with offers. He even started to catch the eyes of some big time schools such as Kansas State, Louisville and Iowa State.

Despite all of this, White has decided to make his next collegiate destination San Marcos to play for the Texas State Bobcats football team.

"I chose TXST because they have a good foundation,” said White. “Great coaches, family oriented place. Coming from junior college, everything was 'me, me, me' and I don't like that. Just back to a place that I can call family. I'm from Alabama, so I love being back in the south. It wasn't too humid but it was hot, just the way I like it. I just love being in the south, can't wait to get back."

White said a significant reason for him choosing the Bobcats is his relationship with TXST OC Mike Shultz, "He came down and visited me, watched me practice,” said White. “I think he's a great guy. He's real fun and outgoing. Very serious, he never beat around the bush on any of my questions. Texas State stood out because the coaches, the coach I know, coach Shultz, is a great guy. Straight to the point, but never rude on anything. He caught my attention because he had so much communication with me, which is a big sign of a great relationship between a coach and a player."

Even with his close relationship with coach Shultz, White decided to visit San Marcos on his own, without the hype from the coaching staff and players, "I took an unofficial visit on July 1. I have some friends that go there so I thought I'd take a visit. They showed me around campus. I didn't talk to any coaches or any of the staff because it was a dead period, so I just did my own thing. Checked out the school, liked it a lot. Very big campus, huge campus. A lot stairs everywhere. I didn't get to see in-depth, like the locker rooms, just the outside stuff. I went and hung out by the river for a little while."

At 6'1", 206-lbs, White said he recently ran 4.5 40. He has the speed and size coveted when considering a D1 RB, but even White admitted that there are aspects of his game that he needs to work on, "I feel I'm a balanced running back. I have great speed and I can finish the run, you know, with power. I want to become a better blocker. Just get stronger, bigger. That’s important to me, its what I got to do. I also feel like I'm agile. I can run routes and I have good hands."

Playing at the D1 level has always been a dream of White’s, fueled by the admiration he holds for his parent’s accomplishments, "My mom is a D1 (Volleyball) coach at Alabama State University. She coached at Air Force for 16 years before coming down to Alabama State. She has two conference rings there the last four years. It was really funny because the sport I loved growing up was basketball. My mom never pushed me on anything but seeing how far she got with athletics, and my dad, my dad ran track at Oregon State, it pushed me to have my own drive to be as great as they are."

His mom played basketball at LSU and his dad's twin brother also ran track at Cal Berkley. D1 athleticism is in his pedigree, to say the least.

White will have two years of eligibility left when he plans on joining the football team this spring. He plans on making another trip to San Marcos but he’s not sure when. We’ll keep you posted on White’s status.

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