Devin White, from North Webster (Springhill, La.), was presented his honorary game jersey for the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game on Wednesday during a stop on the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“After seeing the atmosphere (at the Under Armour Game) and the coaching, it was the game I wanted to be a part of,” said White, a linebacker, running back and kick returner for North Webster. “It was a dream and a goal to get the invite and get selected, and I did somehow, someway. And I’m just happy with it all.”
While Louisiana has often been represented in the game, White is among the few to make it from his portion of the state.
Many athletes heading off to elite college programs can’t wait to leave the small town life and compete at the next level. For White, that’s not exactly the case.
He describes himself as a “family person,” and said he will miss the time he gets to hang out at his grandmother’s house between class and practice.
“I like being around my family, that’s what I enjoy,” said White, who has grown accustomed to seeing his mother and grandmother every day. “When I go to college, I won’t be around them every day. When I go to college it’s going to be business.”
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The question is…who will get White’s business?
The nation’s No. 6 athlete — he will play linebacker in the Under Arumor game — has been adamant about enjoying high school while he can, telling USA TODAY High School Sports he won’t announce his college choice until National Signing Day on Feb. 3.
That being said, White rattled off a list of LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida State and Auburn as “leaders in the clubhouse,” to our partners at The Shreveport Times.
“It’s another dream of mine to sign my letter of intent on National Signing Day on ESPN, and that’s what I’ll be doing,” said White, who says he plans on doing something a little more creative than just putting on his selected college’s hat.
Just like his recruitment, however, he’s keeping that information close to the chest. White did mention attending Alabama’s win against Wisconsin at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and told USA TODAY High School Sports that he “might” be making a trip to LSU this weekend.
Whoever does earn the services of the 6-1, 258-pound athletes will be receiving, what appears to be, the ultimate team player.
“The best part about football is being on the field with your team and sacrificing everything for your brothers,” said White. “It’s like another bond, and like I said, I’m a family person.”
Despite his desire to be a leader and overall team player, White also understands the level of competition he’s up against. Even more than that, he enjoys it.
“I like competing and showing what I can do and that I’m the best at what I can do in my class,” he said. “I wanna show it in front of other greats and that I can do it with other greats, and that’s the best part about it.”