Thursday, January 17, 2013
2014 DT White sees offers after big year
By Jared Shanker
Before his junior season last fall, defensive tackle Antoine White (Millville, N.J./Millville) sat down with his high school coach. His coach had a message for him: This year could determine the next decade of White's life.
“I remember my coach said this would be my biggest year academically and on the field,” White said. “So preparing for it was easy, because those matter. My mindset was the recruiting process could change by my performance in the classroom and on the field.”
Following a junior season in which White registered 80 tackles -- 14 for a loss -- six sacks and three forced fumbles, White is garnering offers and much more interest. Rutgers offered during the summer, but Old Dominion offered within the last week. The Monarchs, the latest to offer, came through with a scholarship Tuesday.
“They talked to me for a little, talked to my coach, talked about the college and on the way out he told me [about the offer],” White said.
Temple came Jan.11 and offered him. Pittsburgh came in the same day, and Boston College was in the school Wednesday.
White camped at Rutgers during the summer when he got the offer, but he also visited the Scarlet Knights for a game during the season. Rutgers was the first program on him, and he has developed a strong relationship with his recruiting coach, Jim Panagos.
“They’re the in-state school, it’s not an arm and a leg to come down and see a game and they offer a lot academically,” White said. “Especially with the leap to the Big Ten, it makes them a contender.
“They’re definitely showing the most interest, and I appreciate that. I had a good relationship with them early on. He recruited me at the end of my sophomore year and kept in contact since.”
Boston College, Penn State and Temple also hosted White for camps during the summer, and he would like to visit those programs and some others down the road. He is planning to visit Maryland on Feb. 16.
Notre Dame sends White a letter about every day, although White has yet to talk with anyone from the staff. He hopes that changes, as the Irish are an early favorite.
“I’m waiting for a visit from them,” he said.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound White can play multiple positions on the defensive line and slid between both end and tackle this season. He prefers to play on the interior, though.