Penn State now has filled a coveted defensive tackle spot in its 2014 recruiting class.
Antoine White, a rising senior from Millville, N.J., reportedly gave the Nittany Lion staff, including position coach Larry Johnson, his verbal commitment earlier today.
White is Penn State’s 13th commitment in this small class restricted by NCAA sanctions. The Lions could use one of their final two slots on another defensive tackle, as well.
White claimed 15 scholarship offers and picked Penn State over Michigan State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Boston College, Pitt, Rutgers and Syracuse.
“What Antoine brings to the table is that he’s a very physical player,” said Ryan Snyder of Blue-White Illustrated. “You’re either physical or you’re not. That’s what I really liked about him.
“He plays strong. If he gets beat, he’s right back in the mix. And he’s extremely coachable.”
White is listed on recruiting web sites as 6-foot-3 and about 270 pounds. He is rated as a three-star recruit (out of five).
“I just didn’t feel that anywhere else could offer me the bundle that Penn State can, and it’s only four hours away,” White told Lions247. “The football atmosphere, the academics, my major, criminal justice, a defensive line coach with the background of Coach J, a coaching staff that I feel comfortable with .¤.¤.”
Lions247 pegs him as the No. 42 defensive tackle in the nation.
Penn State could still land another defensive tackle out of four-star recruits Derrick Nnadi (6-2, 295) of Virginia Beach and Thomas Holley (6-4, 290) of Brooklyn, N.Y. or three-star Ricky Walker (6-2, 275) from Hampton, Va.
Related: Meet the rest of the 2014 recruiting class here.