'22 PA LB - Enai White (Verbal Offer)

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    Larry Johnson offers big-time 2022 defensive lineman
    Ohio State offered Enai White, a top-10 defensive end prospect from Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

    The 6-foot-5, 225-pound White is the country’s top-ranked 2022 weakside defensive end by the folks at 247Sports.com, and the offer from the Buckeyes is No. 43, a pretty staggering total for a player with two years left of high school.

    “We have been talking for a while now,” White told Lettermen Row. “It’s Ohio State. It speaks for itself. The relationship with Larry Johnson is great and it’s a blessing. He’s the GOAT. His work stands out.”

    Ohio State has had little luck in the Philadelphia area before receiving commitments from Kyle McCord and Marvin Harrison in the 2021 cycle. White did not grow up a fan of any particular program, so there’s no reason the Buckeyes should be playing from behind at all.

    “I didn’t really have any favorites growing up,” White said. “When it’s that time [to make a decision], I’ll go through it with my coach and family to find the best situation for me.”

    Right now, the country’s No. 8-ranked player is intending to announce a college decision toward the end of his senior season at the All-American Game in San Antonio. Before then, he’ll do his best to get to Columbus as soon as he’s able.

    “I am looking forward to getting over there when things clear up,” he said.
     
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    BUCKEYES MAKE FIVE-STAR'S TOP LIST
    Though Ohio State has a few highly prized defensive end prospects in the 2022 class – headlined by guys such as five-star Shemar Stewart and four-star Derrick Moore to name a couple – perhaps the top player on the board at the position right now is Philadelphia five-star Enai White out of Imhotep Institute.

    White, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, was the lone defensive end and only the second defensive lineman on Andrew's initial big board, coming in at No. 8 to join four-star Caden Curry who's at the No. 4 spot.

    On Monday night, the Buckeyes took a teeniest-tiniest step forward in White's recruitment by cracking the priority five-star's top 13 list.

    White's list is a who's who of national powers, including Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon, and he also has Penn State, Texas and Florida on the list.

    White is Pennsylvania's top-ranked player, the No. 25 overall player and No. 2 weakside defensive end in America, and he has been compared to All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul by 247Sports' Brian Dohn:

    Long, wiry frame needs to fill out. Can easily add 20 pounds. Strong basketball player. Outside linebacker potential in 3-4 scheme. Athletic and uses length. Gets off quickly at snap. Runs well and chases backside. Can disengage and find ballcarrier. Plays controlled and understands assignments. Ability to drop into coverage. Has to develop ability to play in three-point stance. Needs to work on exploding off change of direction. Strength at point of attack must improve. Multi-year starter at top 20 program. Early-round NFL Draft potential.

    He talked briefly with Dohn about his recruiting update, telling Dohn, “What is important to me is education, for sure, and relationships. I want it to be like family. It's not just coach-player. It's family. And I want a place I could call home. ... I probably do want to get away, but I will go any place I can call home.”
     
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    Enai White not interested in making self-guided visits
    Ohio State is one of the schools pursuing Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Institute 5-star defensive end Enai White the hardest, and he’s continued to be in regular contact with Larry Johnson regularly. The conversations are varied, sometimes about football and sometimes not, but one topic has been beaten into the turf: The dead period and how it’s stopped the 6-foot-5, 230-pound lineman from making any visits to Columbus.

    It’s a trip he knows he wants to make soon.

    “I will visit there as soon as the NCAA allows us to,” White said.

    A lot of kids are taking it upon themselves to make that happen by going the self-guided tour route, but White will not be doing that. When asked if he and his family would consider that kind of visit, he offered up a simple: “No.”

    The good news for Ohio State is that it seems Enai White isn’t interested in doing that with any schools, so whenever things open up for recruits there should be no advantage gained anywhere yet. The bad news is that the No. 2-ranked weak-side defensive end and the Buckeyes are both at the mercy of the NCAA, and the people in charge of making decisions about the recruiting dead period seem less than interested in what’s in the best interest of the young men making college decisions.

     
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    Enai White schedules official visit to Ohio State
    The country’s No. 2-ranked weak-side defensive end, Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia) 4-star prospect Enai White has announced four of his official visits on Twitter.

    The 6-foot-5, 230-pound lineman will visit Florida (June 4), Georgia (June 11), Alabama (June 18) and Ohio State (June 25). The Buckeyes have been in the mix for White for months, with Larry Johnson working hard to build a relationship with him. White has been taking his recruitment slow, opting against the idea of making self-guided visits and preferring instead to wait until the NCAA dead period ended.

    White told Lettermen Row that he will not be in a hurry to make a decision right after the officials.

    “I probably won’t make a decision until the fall,” he said.

    In the meantime, he and his teammates have been back on the field. They’ll wrap up their season this weekend. He also announced he will take unofficial trips in June to Clemson, Oregon, Penn State and Texas A&M.
     
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