December 17, 2008

White becomes a Bulldog

Gulf Coast Community College linebacker Chris White officially became a Bulldog early Wednesday morning.

The 6-foot-4, 238-pounder inked a scholarship on the first day of the early signing period for junior college players.

"It feels great," White said. "I am glad I finally got to sign with Mississippi State. I'm excited about getting up there and working hard. I'm excited about playing in the SEC."

White played two seasons at Gulf Coast where he was an All-American this past season helping lead the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and the top ranked defense in the state. The Vancleave, Miss., native led the team in tackles, intercepted two passes and returned two fumbles for touchdowns on runs of 81 and 51-yards.

White feels like playing two years at the junior college level has helped him prepare to play in the Southeastern Conference.

"I think it is going to help me a lot because I have played against players that are going in the SEC and going to Division I all the time in JUCO," White said. "Plus, I have played against real good teams so that will help me be able to step in instead of coming out of high school."

White committed to MSU in July over South Alabama. He also received interest from Southern Miss, Ohio, UAB and Louisville.

But ultimately White chose to take his talents to State after they proved to be recruiting him the hardest.

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