June 8, 2009

Auburn is home, sweet home for White

Jawara White thanked God, thanked his coach, thanked his teammates and thanked his parents.

Then he donned an Auburn cap and simply said, "At this time I want to announce my commitment to Auburn."

With that, the Troy, Ala., native became Auburn's sixth commitment for the 2010 class and third from the state of Alabama.

"Auburn just feels more like home," White said. "I feel comfortable there.

"It feels good, a sigh of relief."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound White picked Auburn over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Arkansas. He wanted to put the decision behind him to concentrate on his senior season.

"It takes away the stress from my senior year," White said. "All I have to do is go to school and make sure I take care of everything I have to do in the classroom and on the field."

White said he reached a decision last Tuesday or Wednesday, just a few days after attending Auburn's Big Cat Weekend on May 31.

"It was fun," White said. "Watching my boy get pie-faced at the end was pretty funny. It was all fun."

White returned to Auburn this past Saturday to hang out with the coaching staff and watch a 7-on-7 camp. He will return Thursday as Charles Henderson competes in AU's second 7-on-7 camp.

Charles Henderson head coach Hugh Fountain said White's speed is the first thing that makes him a difference-maker. But it's not the only thing.

"I think his speed and knack for the football is what sets him apart," Fountain said. "He's a sprinter in track. We didn't go to the state meet this year because of the swine flu but last year we won the state championship in the 4x100 and he was one of our sprinters.

"He's a very heady football player, he's smart. He creates a lot of turnovers for us. He's explosive. He's a 300-pound power cleaner and is very strong in the hips.

"He's 220 but he's already the leading receiver in Charles Henderson history. That tells you what an athlete he is."

Fountain said White has spent this offseason working to get bigger and stronger.

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