Another local OL prospect will suit up for the Cougars next season, joining Richland's Dontae Powell and Everett's Abraham Lucas. And he becomes the fifth known Wazzu verbal pledge from Washington.
“I committed to Washington State,” White told CF.C. “At WSU, I’m at home. It’s not too far from home and I have family who would be able to come see me play. The environment is great and I love the coaches. I have friends and family members at WSU. This just feels like the right choice.”
Over the course of his recruitment, the newest Cougar verbal picked up double-digit offers. White told CF.C recently he had trimmed down his list to WSU, Boise State and San Diego State.
The Lincoln High product has taken multiple unofficial visits to Pullman to meet with the staff and check out the campus. He’ll be back at WSU next weekend for the Apple Cup.
“I spoke with the coaches to let them know (I committed) and they’re pretty fired up about it,” White said. “They want me to come in and get to work right away. They said they’re pretty much waiting for me to get there. They’re excited.”
The point man on White’s recruitment has been area recruiter Mele, who has now helped WSU land four commitments from prospects on the west side of the state: White, Joe Tryon, Abraham Lucas and Kelle Sanders. (On Richland's Powell, WSU o-line coach Clay McGuire and area recruiter Dave Nichol ran the point).
“We have a pretty good relationship going,” White said of Mele. “I met him last year and we’ve been talking ever since. He’s a great man and coach. We talk a lot and he has gotten to know me as a person and not just a football player.”
White, who will be taking his official visit to WSU on Jan. 20, said that the coaches aren’t 100 percent sure where he’ll line up in the trenches next season.
“I could play either tackle, guard or center,” he said. “The coaches like my versatility and think I can play at any of those positions. They want me to go up there and help them win some championships.”
Will he be taking any other official visits?
“I think I’m done,” White said. “I’m going to wrap everything up with recruiting and just focus on Washington State.”