On Friday of last week, the name of a new visitor had surfaced - Kevin White. He was a wide receiver out of Lackawanna (PA) and stood 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. A quick Google search brought up an impressive highlight film (which can be seen HERE). Our sources indicated that the WVU staff was extremely interested, and an interview with White revealed several other schools, including new rival Texas Tech, were as well.
"His work ethic is outstanding."
On Wednesday, as expected, White gave his verbal commitment to West Virginia during an in-home visit with assistant coaches Shannon Dawson and Jake Spavital. Mountaineer fans were excited, but still had questions. Who was this kid? Why was he not recruited more? What does he bring to the field?
For those answers, EerSports caught up with Lackawanna (PA) head coach Mark Duda.
"He's tall and he's got a tremendous vertical - about 40 inches," said Duda quickly when asked for White's greatest on-field attributes. "For being a big man, he's got great acceleration. He comes out of his break really, really quick. And with his arms and athleticism, he's a bigger target. A quarterback doesn't have to be as precise because he's a bigger guy."
A lot of that is natural athleticism, but Duda was quick to point out that the three-star prospect puts in a lot of work to make himself better.
"He works very, very hard," said the head coach. "He's very strong in the weight room, especially for a receiver. His work ethic is outstanding."
And Duda, who is also Dean of Students, made sure to mention that White is equally as impressive a person as he is an athlete.
"He's got great character," said Duda. "He's never had a violation of any kind. He's kind of like Josh Francis, who never had a problem, either."
So the one question remains - why was there not more interest from big time programs?
"Ha! Well, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Hawaii, Texas Tech.... Those are pretty good teams," he said with a laugh. "I mean, I don't think we throw the ball a hell of a lot - less than 50% of the time - so he doesn't have a lot of the numbers some guys do."
Even with interest from nearly coast to coast (and beyond), Duda thinks his recruitment was just getting started before the Mountaineers swooped in and shut things down.
"West Virginia did a great job of finding him. He went from not playing last year to all of this," said Duda, who spend several years in the NFL. "And if not for being a mid-year guy, he would have like 50 offers."
For more on West Virginia's newest commitment, the latest on other prospects and a full list of visitors, VIP members should check out the aforementioned threads on the message board HERE.
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