Most high school students are counting down the days until they walk across the stage and receive their high school diploma. Not Brendon White.
The first member of Ohio State’s class of 2017 to suit up for the Buckeyes, White joined Urban Meyer’s football team as an early enrollee in December. Graduating early from Olentangy Liberty High School, White wasn’t allowed to travel to the Fiesta Bowl, but was able to help his new OSU teammates prepare for Clemson before their departure to Arizona.
College life sure comes at you fast. Not only did White have to make the transition from high school to college, he also had to learn a new playbook. At one time, he was rolling with the linebackers. Fast forward a few weeks, and the 6’2 200-pound White is now a member of Zach Smith’s wide receiver corps.
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A jack of all trades on the high school level, White’s change of position shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Even though he was pegged to play linebacker for the Buckeyes, the staff always felt White was talented enough to become a weapon for Zone 6 if needed.
Playing multiple positions for Olentangy Liberty, White, the son of former Buckeye and NFL defensive back William White, has shown he’s a threat with the ball in his hands. As a senior for the Patriots last season, he accounted for over 1,800 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns while seeing time at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver.
White, who is considered the No. 3 athlete and 126th overall prospect in the class of 2017, according to the 247Sports Composite, earned offers from the coaching staffs of Boston College, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Notre Dame (to name a few) before ending his recruitment last October and never looking back.
With his attention now set towards seeing early playing time, it might be hard to keep White off the field next season. While he’ll get his chance at receiver in spring camp, he might have his best shot at having his name called through the Ohio Stadium speakers during the fall on special teams, as he isn’t afraid to lay the wood.
He’s going to enjoy playing football with his second family:
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When Brendon White committed to Ohio State, most thought he would play on the defensive side of the ball, primarily as a linebacker. But when White arrived on campus — and Noah Brown surprisingly departed to the NFL — he was penciled in as a member of Zone 6. After looking through some of his high school tape, it’s easy to see why White was moved to the offensive side of the ball.
White is a big-bodied athlete who stands at 6’1 ½” and 200 pounds. He plays similar to Noah Brown, as he is physical after the catch and bounces off defenders for extra yardage. He is a hands-catcher who has decent top-line speed for his size. He’s still inexperienced at the position, which shows in some of his route running, but that is something that is fixable once he gets coached up at the college level.
With a couple of young receivers in front of him, it would be tough for White to crack the two-deep and he is definitely a redshirt candidate as a freshman. His blend of size and speed could make him a force on special teams down the line, but without an elite attribute, it will be tough to see White as a starting, every-down receiver for Ohio State. He has the potential to be a matchup issue in the red zone, but seems like more of a situational player at this point. — Christopher Jason