Brady White is in contact with Notre Dame on a weekly basis and the Irish have made it clear they are aware of the 2015 California quarterback, want him to stay in contact with them and will be watching him closely moving forward.
“I know they’re an awesome program and they have big things going on,” said the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from Hart High School in Newhall, Calif. “They just had a tough loss against Michigan, but that’s a great team. They’ve got a bright future and I’ve been a fan of Notre Dame ever since I was a little kid.
“My grandparents took our whole family to Notre Dame on a trip a couple years ago. I wasn’t a recruit then, but it was an awesome experience to visit the campus. It was a beautiful campus and the atmosphere of the game was amazing.”
He’s already made visits to Cal, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Oklahoma State and Northwestern. White would love to get back and Notre Dame would love to have him back, explaining that the experience is completely different as a recruit than as a fan.
White was named the U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week after throwing for 490 yards and seven touchdowns in a 55-54 win over Chaminade earlier this month. White completed 36 of his 53 pass attempts and his seven touchdown tosses tied a school-record set by former NFL quarterback Kyle Boller.
White landed his first scholarship offer, from San Jose State, during the spring.
“It was very exciting for me,” he said. “I was really stoked to hear about it. I hadn’t had any contact with them beforehand, but they showed up to one of our passing tournaments and at the end of the night, they offered me a scholarship.”
It’s an offer he’s proud of.
“I think people think it’s not that big of a school or not a big powerhouse for football, but in reality, they’re a great team and their coaching staff is going to do great things with that team and continue to build on it,” he said. “It’s a decent offer. Obviously it’s not Alabama where people see it or hear it and are blown away, but it’s actually a solid offer. I was very appreciative of it.”
He’s also been getting a ton of interest from several schools across the country.
“I’ve been getting a lot of interest from Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Tennessee, Penn State, Cal and Stanford,” he said. “I’ve been talking with a bunch of the coaches on a regular daily basis.
“Although I only have the one offer, I feel like I’m building good relationships with the coaching staffs. Hopefully after the season or during the season, offers will start coming in. I’m just working hard this season, looking to put my best foot forward and showing everyone what I’m all about.”
Hart was clocked at 4.68 in the 40-yard dash at Oklahoma State’s camp this summer and seems himself as a versatile quarterback.
“I’m listed as a pocket passer and I do like to air it out, but I can get it done on the ground too when it’s needed,” he said. “I’m not looking to run first, I’m looking to distribute the ball and read the defense. I’ll take what the defense gives me. As for systems, I feel like I could do shotgun or under-center equally as well. Whatever system I’m thrown into in college, I feel like I’ll strive in and succeed in.”
He’ll be basing his ultimate decision on a variety of factors.
“What I’m looking for in a school is obviously a great academic program because if football doesn’t work out, I want to have a degree and academics to fall back on to be successful in life,” he said. “I’m looking for a great program where I have a great bond and relationship with the coaches and where they’re going to put me in successful positions and where they know I’ll fit into their system perfectly to help lead their team to victories and championships.
“Also, just a great environment with the school, where I’m comfortable and where people will welcome me. My family will help me with that decision. It’ll be a fun process.”