Antoine White continues to see his recruitment take an upward trajectory.
The 2014 New Jersey defensive lineman recently added his first SEC offer, from Vanderbilt, to a list that already included Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, Temple and Central Florida among others. Several coaches have already told White they’ll be down to see him at Millville High School in Millville, N.J. this month.
“Everything is going good,” the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder said. “I haven’t set anymore visits. I’m scheduled for the one to Central Florida on May 30th and I’m going to try to get up to Boston College also.”
He was very excited about landing the offer from the Commodores.
“It was amazing,” he said. “I was pumped after they offered. That was definitely one of the ones I was most appreciative about. It’s SEC. I’m hoping it’ll spark the interest of a couple more Southern schools. It has great academics. I hear nothing but good things about their academics, I was talking to my coach about it. The SEC is a big conference. It meant a lot because of how far away they are. It’s definitely humbling and very nice to know they appreciated me enough to offer.”
Michigan State and Duke have both made stops at Milville this month and left offers for him. Penn State has also stopped by and White is looking forward to seeing which other schools make visits to his school this spring.
“I think the visits will be a little bit of an eye-opener for me,” he said. “I get a lot of letters, but for a coach to come down that’s a point of significance. It’ll really show me what schools are really interested depending who comes down to visit me at school. I’m happy they can get back on the road again. It’s almost like starting a new chapter for recruiting.”
One school he’d like to have some more contact with is Notre Dame. He’s been steadily receiving letters from the Irish for months, but hasn’t had any direct contact with a coach yet.
“I just got a letter the other day, I just haven’t got in contact with a recruiter,” he said. “Like I said, I get letters from these schools, it’s just sometimes these letters don’t really mean anything until you talk to a recruiter or get a personal-written letter. But every week, I get a letter or two from Notre Dame.”
White's affection for Notre Dame dates back years.
“That was one of the first schools to actually start sending me letters,” he said. “When I was younger, people would ask, ‘What is one of your favorite schools? Where can you see yourself playing when you grow up?’ That was one of the schools I could see myself at. Now that I’m actually put in this opportunity, I’d definitely like to get out there and see it for myself to see if it would be a good fit for me. They’d definitely be in the running.
“Just the tradition you hear when you’re younger, how good their academics are, there’s really no doubt about that. They do a great job maximizing players before they send them to the League. They do a great job recruiting and they’re competitive each year.”