The News-Sentinel sports staff will feature a different verbally committed player for the four NCAA Division I football programs (Ball State, Indiana Notre Dame and Purdue) in Indiana leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Here is today's Ball State featured commit:
Hometown: Hinsdale (IL) Central High School
Weight: 210 pounds
Commitment date: Thursday
Other scholarship offers Northern Illinois, South Dakota
Ranking: Rated a 2-star recruit by Scout.com.
Ball State depth chart at position: Inside the Cardinals have redshirt sophomore Zack Ryan and sophomore Sean Wiggins returning.
Scouting report: Ball State graduate assistant coach Aaron Mershman rejoined his alma mater as a coach only recently, but his attention to detail has already paid off. A while back, Mershman saw White at a camp in Ohio and his recollection of the versatile athlete ultimately has helped both the Cardinals, as well as White. Ball State started recruiting White last month and last week he selected the Cardinals after a visit to the Muncie campus. He’s a bit of a ‘tweener, but was athletic enough to play linebacker, running back and even quarterback when the starter went down with an injury. White suffered a mid-season ankle injury, but ended up totaling 69 tackles, including six for a loss. He finished his final two seasons with the Red Devils by notching 137 tackles. Offensively, he ran the ball for 429 yards (a 7-yard per carry average). More than likely, he’ll need to spend a season redshirting due to the Cardinals’ talent and depth at the ILB spot in Ryan and Wiggins.