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JUCO WR Kevin White Signs with WVU


West Virginia will be replacing each of its three top wide receivers in the 2013 season and on Wednesday, a new candidate joined the spring rotation to fill those voids.

Lackawanna College wide receiver Kevin White signed his national letter of intent with the Mountaineers, officially setting in motion the beginning of his major college football career.

"It's awesome," White said over the phone. "The feeling is great. Coming from a JUCO, some people are not as blessed as me to get a second opportunity, so it's a great opportunity, I'm very excited and I can't wait to get up to West Virginia and get started. It's a humbling experience and there's a lot of excitement rushing through my body right now."

White, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver with a 3-star rating according to Rivals.com, went straight to Lackawanna out of high school. After spending two seasons with the Falcons, he does not want to waste any time to get himself to his new home in Morgantown.

He learned enough about the campus and the program in his visit earlier this month to know that his future with the Mountaineers could be a bright one.

"I loved the campus, the coaching staff was very down to earth and I felt like they wanted me really badly and it was from the heart," says White. "It felt genuine, so I decided to make the move. I would be stupid if I didn't take this offer."

His plan is to enroll at WVU in January and begin working to get accustomed to the players and the coaches and the schoolwork as soon as he can.

"That's huge, because going in early, I get the chance to be around the players, pick up the offense, get familiarized with my surroundings instead of coming in during the summer and everything is so fast-paced," he says.

White had plenty of opportunities to watch West Virginia football either live on television or through film provided by the coaching staff during his visit. Quarterback coach Jake Spavital led White's recruiting, but he also got plenty of information from former teammates of his at Lackawanna Josh Francis and Mark Glowinski, both of whom are currently on the Mountaineers roster.

In those conversations and in the film he was able to digest, he saw exactly what a receiver can accomplish in head coach Dana Holgorsen's offense, and the numbers West Virginia's top three produced were enough to sway him toward the gold and blue.

"That was one of the main factors," White says of the WVU offense. "Seeing Stedman [Bailey], Tavon [Austin] and [J.D.] Woods put the numbers up made my choice a lot easier. A lot of teams don't throw the ball as much and the receivers are not putting up those numbers at all, so just seeing that made me think that I could put those numbers up and be as successful as those guys and that's what I'm hoping for."

White lists Lackawanna as one of those teams that does not throw the ball as much. In his second season with the team, he finished with 36 receptions for 535 yards and six touchdowns on an offense that preferred running the ball.

He knows that at West Virginia, not only will they throw the ball, but they'll be doing so without each of those targets who he just listed, meaning his chance could be as good as anyone's at getting into the rotation.

"It's a clean slate," he says. "I'll have a great chance to go in and work my tail off and hopefully be as successful as those guys and I can help fill in their shoes. Big shoes to fill, but I'm all up for it."

Of course, all of what White has seen from Holgorsen's offense at WVU is centered around Geno Smith playing the quarterback position. In talks with Spavital, White is confident that the staff has prepared its backups well enough to take over when the program's leading passer moves on to the professional ranks.

"They talked about both of them a lot," White says of sophomore Paul Millard and freshman Ford Childress. "They said it's going to be a great competition and both are good quarterbacks, both could get me the ball, so as far as losing Geno Smith, it's not a problem. Both are very good and I think Millard is going to be the starter come spring, but it should be a great competition from what the coaches are saying."

It will be a competition in which White hopes to be heavily involved as he, too, fights for a place with the future of West Virginia football.

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