North Webster’s Devin White made it official Friday, announcing in front of his school, friends and family that he would be attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
The announcement was met with a roar of applause from those in attendance, and White flashed a big smile for a picture session that lasted almost 30 minutes.
Following the announcement, White spoke about why the Tigers were the team for him.
“I thought they recruited me the best,” White said. “They made me a priority from my freshman year and it was a family. I felt the family vibe every time I went down there, especially the last time.”
White, a 6-foot, 245-pound bruising tailback, was the only running back LSU recruited in 2016, and they never backed off, even when White received some negative attention in recent months.
They saw the good in White, and now White will give his best to the Tigers.
“It made me a better man,” White said. “It made me realize some people are not there for me. It made me realize I need to get closer to God and humble myself. I want to be a great man. I thank God for allowing everything to happen to me so I can overcome it and not go down that road again.”
White said he looks forward to enrolling in school this week and competing for playing time immediately in what many believe is the nation’s most talented backfield.
“I’m the type of player that’s going to go and compete and I don’t shy away from competition,” White said. “I’ll be down their in the spring to compete with those guys and also learn from them, because they have way more knowledge than me.”
White told reporters after the announcement his decision was made easier when LSU decided to retain current head coach Les Miles.
“He’s a great coach and an even better person. He never lied to me, kept it straight with me and I believed in him and the plan he has for me to be a better young man and a pro, so I’m sticking with him.”
White will play his first game for the Tigers when they travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin to take on the University of Wisconsin Badgers inside historic Lambeau Field.
“I might cry when I run out of the tunnel,” White said. “I want to win a national championship, an SEC championship and play in the big games, and that first one against Wisconsin is definitely a big game.”