Two weeks ago, he didn’t even have a verbal scholarship offer from Penn State. A week ago, he couldn’t make it to University Park for camp and an unofficial visit.
It didn’t take long for Antoine White to realize Penn State was the school for him, though, which is why the Millville (N.J.) High FOX Sports NEXT three-star defensive tackle committed to Penn State Monday, just two days after visiting University Park with his parents and a couple of weeks after receiving an offer from the Lions. He spoke with both linebackers coach Ron Vanderlidnen and head coach Bill O'Brien, and while both were on vacation, each was excited, White said.
He is the 13th member of State’s Class of 2013, and the first defensive tackle in the group. The Lions are expected to take on two DTs in the class.
"Honestly, on the visit when I was talking to Coach J for an hour, that's when I knew where I wanted to be," White said. "The only thing was talking it over with my coaches, and my parents, because I owe them that.
"It was definitely an offer I was waiting for. I won't say I knew I would be blown away this quickly, but after going on the visit, and getting a feel for it over the past couple weeks, when they pulled the trigger, and displayed what they displayed, I knew it was the best decision and fit for me."
White had hoped to attend Penn State’s Advanced Skills Camp June 22, but scheduling problems prevented it from happening. However, when he called PSU assistant Ron Vanderlinden that weekend, he received the verbal scholarship offer. They later settled on this past week for a visit.
White got, and saw, what he wanted, passing over 12 other scholarship offers — including ones from Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State and Georgia Tech – to end his recruitment as a Lion.
"I can't get what I'm getting here four hours away anywhere else," White said. "It will definitely be great to play my senior season without having to worry about officials and what coaches are calling me.
Instead, I'll be able to focus on academics, and my senior season, and building myself mentally and physically."
The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder made 80 tackles and racked up five sacks in his junior campaign. He added that 270 or 275 is the weight he desires to attend Penn State at, before letting strength and condition coach Craig Fitzgerald do the rest of the work to add to his frame.
Going forward, White said it is relieving to have the recruiting process over, describing it as a weight off his shoulders. The senior-to-be told Fight On State previously that he wants to be a commit that tells other programs 'no thank you, I'm committed" if he receives an offer, and that mindset holds strong a few days later. It will hold much longer than that, though, White said.
With only a few spots left in State's class, White said that he will touch base with committed and uncommitted prospects alike. And he already has a plan for how to do it, too.
"I actually what to get to know those guys and help recruit other people, but I don't want to be that guy that pressures anyone and says 'come here, come here, come here,'" White explained. "I had that happen with some other schools, and it got annoying.
"But if someone asks me why I chose Penn State, I will give them the full display and reason as to why I made my decision. For a local guy to his area, you can't go wrong there."