UPDATE: White Chose LSU.
Springhill, LA RB/LB Devin White is set to make his college decision today at 2 p.m. He will be an early enrollee, so this will be his final decision and the school of his choice won't have to sweat it out until signing day. Signs heavily point to LSU being the choice, but Arkansas, Ole Miss and Alabama were also in the running.
White is a 6'0", 258 pound athlete that played both RB and LB in HS. He's considered a top 100 prospect in the 247 composite and received an invite to Nike's The Opening. The interesting question will be where White winds up at the next level. He's been pretty insistent on playing RB in college, but if LSU is the choice, you have to think a week of practice witnessing the depth would be enough for him to back off such a firm stance. LSU's 2016 RB depth chart will absolutely feature a lot of Fournette and Guice. 2017 opens up a bit with Fournette turning pro, but still have Guice, Brossette and a guy like Dupre who could factor at RB rather than FB. Nevermind the fact that LSU will likely sign another RB or two in the 2017 signing class, who may also factor.
Still, it's not so much that the RB depth chart is impossible to crack, but that the LB depth chart is so easily overcome. Even if Kendell Beckwith returns, LSU will be counting on a lot of freshmen to play significant snaps next season. Guys like Duke Riley and Donnie Alexander will factor, but neither have distinguished themselves as of yet. Aranda is a coach that's run a 3-4 alignment in the past, so if he's looking to shift into that, it makes even more potential openings at LB. Being an early enrollee would give White a leg up in terms of securing playing time.
That's a discussion we will dive further into at a later time. White is a pretty dynamic player with the ball in his hands. At 260 pounds, he's an absolute load to bring down and often runs right through arm tackles. But his game isn't all power. White doesn't have the explosive burst of a player like Derrius Guice, but once he gets to top speed he's really moving in the open field. He also exhibits good patience and follows his blockers.
I'm expecting good news today. Wherever White winds up, he should be a dynamic contributor.