White Commits to UNC

North Carolina's three-day camp resulted in the Tar Heels' first verbal commitment of the 2008 class – Randy White, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound jumbo athlete from Bristol (Va.) Virginia High.

On Friday morning, White, his father, and his coach Terry Smith met with Butch Davis.

"At 8 a.m. we all met in Coach Davis' office and they offered Randy a scholarship," said Smith. "They didn't put any pressure or anything like that on us."

Despite the lack of pressure, White immediately jumped at the opportunity.

"He made a verbal commitment in [Davis'] office," said Smith. "Coach Davis said ‘You have plenty of time. You have until February. We don't want to pressure you.'

"Randy said ‘I've already made my mind up. This is where I want to be.'"

Apparently, White's mind was made up before even attending the camp.

"We talked about it Wednesday, if they offered," said Smith. "He said ‘Coach, this is where I want to be – I've always liked it here.'"

White attended UNC's three-day camp last summer and had already become familiar with the campus and a few of the coaches including Kenny Browning.

"I've known Coach Browning for 15 years," said Smith. "He's just a super guy, just a super coach, and a super recruiter. I think that was a big part of committing – Coach Browning was still on the staff."

Smith's relationship with Browning includes when Smith (then at Jefferson Forest HS) sent a player of his, Jon Hamlett, to UNC several years back.

According to Smith, White is firm in his pledge and won't waiver even if other schools – including childhood favorite Virginia Tech – offer.

"He's Carolina bound," said Smith. "He's not going to de-commit or anything like that. He's a man of his word and he's going to stick to it."

UNC expects to plug White in at h-back.

"They're going to use him as a tight end like an h-back, flex tight end, because Randy can move, he can really run" said Smith. "He's a powerful tight end, but he also can run very, very well and catch the ball super well."

Additionally, White could eventually maintain long snapping duties at UNC.

"He's one of the best long snappers I've seen in a long time," said Smith. "That was very key. I think Coach Davis liked that, too. You got a great tight end, but he can also long snap and help you on special teams."

White's pledge gives UNC a solid all-around recruit to build their 2008 recruiting around.

"I think he's very mobile, very intelligent player," said Smith. "He knows the game very, very well.

"We play him here at middle linebacker, because he like people to run side-to-side and people won't run straight at him.

"He's just one of those kids that's just always on the field. He's on every special teams, he's on defense, he's on offense."

White caught 22 passes for 396 yards and six touchdowns last season as a junior at Virginia High.

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