At first it was just running back coach John Settle who was reaching out to the 5-10, 177-pound prospect. When the Badgers offered in January, defensive coordinator/secondary coach Jim Leonhard joined the dialogue.
When he made his second unofficial visit to campus Friday, White became pretty popular.
“Now I’m really talking to most of the coaching staff,” White told BadgerNation. “I have a better relationship with the staff and we’re talking every day maybe. It’s pretty good. I think we have a pretty good relationship.”
White saw Wisconsin’s game-day atmosphere in the fall when he visited when the Badgers’ hosted Ohio State in prime time. Friday’s scrimmage was a little quieter in the setting and notoriety, but White saw the same level of intensity.
“They were hustling,” White said. “They practice like they were practicing for a game. That’s the only way you are going to get better for the game. They do everything at full speed. Normally you don’t see that type of effort in everything they are doing to be a better football team.”
White made the journey with his dad, who also spoke highly of the visit to White after he experienced the Madison campus for a second time.
“He loves it, too,” White said. “He’s been talking to some of the people down there, like the academic advisers and the coaching staff, and it’s all good. I’m pretty sure he likes it, at least that’s what he tells me.”
Finishing last season with about 2,000 all-purpose 26 touchdowns, one interception and roughly 20 tackles, White is being recruited as an athlete by the Badgers.
“They look at me like Jabrill Peppers,” White said, referring to the former Michigan athlete. “If they get an explosive person, (Coach Leonhard and Coach Settle) said they want him playing both sides of the football. He said they want a game changer, and I can do that. I can play both sides of the ball if that’s what they want me to do.”
Although the Badgers remain his only offer, White said he was getting recruited by Georgia State, Notre Dame and South Carolina and others.
While admitting he thought about committing on his visit, White said he wants to let things play out a little longer to see what other schools show him interest.
“Me and my dad talked about it and he was thinking that I should wait a little bit more because I got time and you never know,” White said. “It’s a commitment. When you are committed to something, you’re supposed to be just with that and not looking around. I don’t want to commit and still be looking at somebody else.”
In addition to visiting Georgia State this spring, White hopes to return to Wisconsin this summer.