Kyzir White followed the path blazed by brothers Kevin White and Ka'Raun White as he committed to West Virginia on Tuesday evening. Noting that he had a lot of knowledge about the Mountaineer football system, he was clear in stating that the choice was his own.
"Obviously I see the success that Kevin had there, but I'm my own man, and I made the decision based on what was best for me. I was going to pick a school where I fit the best and had the most opportunities, and it just worked out that it was West Virginia."
Weighing larger in his decision was the communication between White and the Mountaineer coaching staff, which was early to offer the big defender. Continued relationship building set the WVU coaches apart from other schools.
"I just felt really comfortable around them," White said of the West Virginia assistants. They communicate with me a lot. Some schools just threw an offer out there, and I couldn't tell you the coaches names at all. I wanted to go somewhere where I have a good relationship with coaches."
Also noting that he'll be arriving as many denizens of West Virginia's current safety depth chart are departing, White thinks he'll have the chance to compete early. West Virginia's coaches see him as a spur, even though he played free at Lackawanna last year.
"I played in the back last year, but this year the coaches said that I'll move down some and get to blitz and play closer to the line," White said. "The guy that was in that position last year was gone, so I'll get the chance to move around some more and get adjusted."
White, who checks in at six feet, two inches and 210 pounds, already has the size to compete at a strong safety spot or the spur for WVU, and he is excited about getting the chance to unleash his hitting ability.
"I've always been a physical player, but I didn't really switch over to defense until later in my career. I was a running back and wide receiver, but as I got bigger I grew into a defensive role, and I am going to like getting closer to the line and being able to blitz."
While Kyzir didn't lean on his brothers to help make the decision, that didn't keep them from celebrating when he made the call to become the third brother to wear the Gold and Blue.
"They were a little worried about it because I told them I was going to take visits elsewhere, and that I wasn't ready to make my decision," he said. "But as soon as I told them, they got very excited. We've been texting each other and they are really happy."
White is the 11th player in West Virginia's football class of 2016.