Josh White hasn’t been playing defensive end for very long, but the 6-foot-5, 230 pound athlete from Marietta, Georgia has drawn the attention of Syracuse University as the Orange coaching staff closes out the 2016 recruiting cycle. Originally a quarterback, the 3-star prospect oozes potential on the defensive side of the ball between his speed and build, and announced on Twitter that he’ll be taking an official visit to upstate New York at the end of the month.
Officially visiting Syracuse on the 29th! pic.twitter.com/DO8h3o39AE
— Josh White (@JoshWhiteATH) January 20, 2016
White also holds offers from Mississippi State, Army, Eastern Kentucky, Troy, and a few other programs, and it may wind up being that Army offer that offers Syracuse the biggest challenge in its pursuit of the versatile Georgia native. White’s father, Danny, is a West Point graduate, though Syracuse could potentially have an ace in the hole on that front considering new tight ends coach Reno Ferri likewise played at Army.
That said, watching White’s film it’s easy to see what the coaching staff likes about him. He’s already got good size, but has the frame to add a significant amount of weight without getting too bulky or losing a lot of speed or quickness. It’s easy to see him playing between 260-270 eventually, and with a 40 time of 4.69 he’s got the speed off the edge to be a disruptive player. As a Syracuse fan, the obvious comparison to go to is Chandler Jones, and White certainly has a similar body-type, with the athleticism and long arms to not just get to the quarterback, but bat down plenty of passes at the line of scrimmage.
Now, it is also clear that White hasn’t been playing defensive end for very long, as he does still look a little raw at the position with regard to tackling and wrapping up in the backfield. That said, he had 10 sacks in his first season as an edge rusher, so once he’s got a little more experience focusing exclusively on defense, he could become a true force on the line. He’s a terrific looking prospect who could wind up being one heck of a steal this close to National Signing Day and provide much needed depth at the defensive end position for Syracuse.