Friday, February 22, 2013
5 Questions: 2014 DT Antoine White
By Josh Moyer
Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is Antoine White, a defensive tackle out of Millville (N.J.) who currently holds six offers. He doesn't yet hold an offer from Penn State, but he's heading to PSU's junior day on Saturday.
NittanyNation: How long have you known you were going up to PSU's junior day, and why did you decide to make the trip?
Antoine White: It was over the past couple weeks, and I talked to my parents about it. I definitely wanted to, from the end of my sophomore year when I went to their camp after they switched their coaching staff. I met Coach [Larry] Johnson and some others, and I realized that even after everything they went through that they held up really well. They have good coaches and a lot of pride.
Coach Johnson is just a living legend; he's produced a lot of players who get to the next level.
NN: Where is your interest in PSU right now, and what -- if anything -- helps set them apart?
AW: They're in very good position with me because they have good academics, and they have a lot to do with my major, which is criminal justice. And their location is good because it's like I'm getting away from home, but I'm not not getting too far in case my family wants to come down. And obviously the fact they reached out early -- [Ron] Vanderlinden stopped by the school, and they started writing me handwritten letters, which I really appreciate. With the attention they gave me early on, they're in good position.
And that weight room is ridiculous. It's one of the best I've seen. And their strength coach is a good guy.
NN: I hear a lot about their weight room. You've been to a couple other places; how does Penn State's compare? What's so special about it?
AW: Yeah, I've been to some other weight rooms, but I don't know. It's just the depth of the room, the big 'P' and I don't know what else. The weight room just looks ridiculously big, and the strength coach is great. We just talked about maintaining your sleep and stuff like that. It just makes you want to go there and lift right away in your jeans.
NN: If you do wind up getting an offer from Penn State in the future, can you give me one reason why you'd commit and one reason why you wouldn't?
AW: Well, I've been thinking about this. With the position I'm in, I'm going to be honest with whatever coaches I talk to. And, to be honest, Penn State's a solid program -- but I read a lot of stories about guys committing and then decommitting. And I don't want to be that guy. So if I do get the offer, I'll be ecstatic. They have a great tradition but, overall, I think I'd want to wait more and talk with my parents. If there was a reason to make me commit, it's probably how I feel with the coaching staff and being up in the mountains.
With not committing, the [sanctions] could be the only thing. When I get to college, I want to win championships. So, if there was any reason, it would probably be that.
NN: What are you most looking forward to about Saturday? What are you hoping to see there?
AW: I just want to see what else they can offer academically. With me wanting to major in criminal justice, I know if I decide I don't want to do that then I want to do athletic training. I want to talk to the players a little bit, too, and ask them why they chose Penn State.
I just really want to get a feel for what it's like to be on campus for a day. I just want to see what it's like up there. When you're a sophomore, you're nervous and scared and not paying attention to everything. But I'm more poised and stuff now as a junior.