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May 9, 2006
Columbia (SC) Blythewood High School Linebacker Charles White has been SCVarsity.com's top linebacker for months and colleges have been jumping on board recently, taking note of Whites prowess and coming through with offers. Now, after a relatively short time on the radar, the 6-0, 206lbs linebacker has ended his recruiting as quickly as it started by giving his commitment to one of the four schools who were willing to offer him early.
White gave his committment to the University of Georgia Monday night over the phone to Coach Jon Fabris, the Dogs' defensive ends coach. No press conference...not limo ride...no flashes from media...just business; but that's how Charles White is - on and off the field.
"I know its early and it sounds crazy," said White, "but it just felt right. Every since they (Georgia) offered me last week I've been thinking about it and it just seemed right."
White, who has not even taken an official visit yet, said there were several factors that led to his committment.
"Basically, it just comes down to my desire to play for a strong program, which Georgia has, and one that can offer me opportunities for my future, which they can."
The fact that the Bulldogs are one of the top programs in the SEC and one of the most successful in the country certainly played a part in White's decision, but that was not all of it.
"Georgia players are successful after college," said White. "Whether they make it to the NFL or not, they go on to good careers and for me, its just about the opportunities that I'll have from being a part of that program."
White said that Coach Fabris told him they were excited about his committment and that he met all of the qualifications that they look for in their players - mainly good character and field performance.
He also said that he was intrigued by the possibility of an opportunity to play early. White, who has a 1250 on the SAT and a 3.1 core GPA is also a possible candidate for January enrollment. He's already a qualifier and while he says at this point he's not thought a lot about it, early enrollment could be a possibility.
When asked if he thought it was too early in his recruiting to take this step, White was sure of his answer.
"No. There were some schools that I liked, but after the feeling I got about Georgia, I would have committed to them if they were the third offer or the thirty-third offer - that's where I felt led."
SCVarsity.com will have more on White later this week, including a video interview on his committment and Spring practice at Blythewood.