The Yellow Jackets have added their third local PWO (Preferred Walk-On) in the past two weeks, this time in Walton DE Josh White.
He also got a response from a recently-graduated Georgia Tech DE after his announcement:
@JAttaochu45 whoa!! Thanks so much sir!! It's an honor— Josh White (@JoshWhiteATH) February 1, 2016
White is a surprisingly strong player for a PWO -- he took an official visit to Syracuse this past weekend (following prior visits to Army and Navy), and even had reported offers from FBS programs like Mississippi State and Troy. In fact, the 247Sports Composite ranks White as one of the top 100 players in the state of Georgia in this class, and even rates him higher than several of the Yellow Jackets' current commitments. White seems like the type of player who may be in line for a scholarship down the line, and perhaps even sooner than later.
White's film below shows that, while a bit raw and in need of polish, he shows excellent length and athleticism. While he's listed at 6'5" on the video and 6'4" on several recruiting sites, White is something of a rarity among recruits as one who could legitimately measure up that way, and certainly no shorter than 6'3". With that height comes long arms, which he uses for a pretty nice spin move and to wrap up ballcarriers from a distance. Though he'll likely need to add some lower-body strength before seeing significant time at the college level, White displays good speed and agility in pass rushing situations, reminiscent of rising junior DE Antonio Simmons. It should also be noted that, should there be a need down the line, White has the frame and athleticism to potentially play wide receiver and create match-up problems similar to the ones that Darren Waller created.
White is listed as a two-star prospect per Rivals (5.4) and a three-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite (0.8410).
Congratulations to Josh and his family on his commitment, and to Georgia Tech's coaches for making a strong walk-on acquisition!