By Otis Kirk
Pulaski Academy wide receiver John David White is one of the state’s top prospects in the Class of 2019.
He was at Arkansas this weekend for an official visit. Following the visit, White talked about how it went.
“It was a great experience, something I won’t forget, especially the friendships I made with guys who were also on their visits here,” White said. “I just had a great time meeting with the coaches, getting to know them better. It was just a great experience.”
White has several offers including a preferred walk-on one from the Hogs. How did this visit help you make the decision?
“It just makes it harder,” White said. “I don’t know, it’s something that I’ve wanted my whole life, but at the same time, I love UCA. So, I’m feeling torn. It’s kind of a hard thing to describe until you’ve gone through it, but I do have a big decision coming up.”
What did the coaches say to you while you were there?
“They were just trying to make me feel at home,” White said. “They were trying to make me feel wanted, and I did feel wanted. I felt wanted. We were just talking the whole weekend about football, how much they want me, so it does make it hard to determine where I’m going to go. But I know in the end it’s going to work out the way that the Lord’s got it, so I’ve just got to trust in his plan.”
As a senior, White caught 86 passes for 1,732 yards and 30 touchdowns. How did you have such a good season?
“I know this is cliche, but without my Lord and Savior I’ve got nothing,” White said. “He’s given me these abilities and this hard work ethic. All I had to do was put in effort. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. All I had to do was trust in Him, keep my head down and work hard. That’s why I’m here today, because of Him.”
His teammate with the Bruins, tight end Hudson Henry is going to sign with the Hogs on Feb. 6. Does that help the Razorbacks with White?
“It does, but I’m also my own person, my own player, and I’m going to make my decision for me and not off of friendship,” White said. “But it is fun to know that if I do come up here, my best friend will be up here. So while it might be a big thing to have him up here and have my best friend here, I’m going to make my decision for me.”
Has Arkansas talked about a scholarship?
“No, they haven’t given me specifics on scholarships,” White said. “I’m doing some applications in case I do end up coming here, just academic stuff. But I know if I keep my head down and work hard, if I keep doing that, it’s going to work out and I’ll get my scholarship if the coaches deem me worthy.”
As noted earlier, the National Signing Day is Feb. 6. Do you have a timeline for a decision?
“That’s a great question,” White said. “I don’t know the answer to that question, but I will say stay tuned. I don’t know, it’s kind of difficult because I am trying to weigh my options and pray about it a lot. After what the coaches say, I’m going to take it home with my family, talk about it and see what’s going on. I am seeing Oklahoma State on my trail now, and I’m taking a visit there before National Signing Day, I know that. After all the visits, I’m going to sit down with my parents and see what the best option is.”
White was hosted by Grant Morgan while on his official visit to Arkansas.