Stan White Jr. ,who played at the GILMAN SCHOOL in Baltimore Maryland under Head Coach Biff Poggi, is announcing his decision to attend the OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY to play football for the Buckeyes. "I grew up wanting to go to Ohio State. My father played there and I always went back with him to games and golf outings. I still have a picture on my bedroom wall of Archie Griffin and his two Heismans that he signed ‘To Stan-A Future Buckeye’ about 13 years ago. My Mom also went to OSU and all my relatives are in Ohio. In fact we go to Ohio so much I practically feel like I’m an Ohio boy."
White was offered last year at the Ohio State-Michigan game. After OSU’s coaching change Stan was again offered in January. Stan White Sr. played linebacker for Woody Hayes at Ohio State before his 14 year pro career.
"My Dad going to Ohio State is not the reason I’m going there. I love the 105,000 seat Ohio Stadium, the great business school, and the unbelievable athletic facilities. But I’m going there because of Coach Tressel, Coach Conley, Coach Dantonio, Coach Snyder, and Coach Spencer. My Dad says Coach Tressel reminds him of Coach Hayes and my Dad gives no greater compliment. He has the integrity, honesty, and true love for his players and his fellow man that makes me want to play for him. But most importantly his spiritual component was critical to my decision. I want to grow mentally, physically and spiritually during my college career."
Stan Jr. chose OSU over Stanford, a tough decision. "My sister and her husband went to Stanford. I have been there many times and its an unbelievable campus with an unparalleled academic reputation. It was very hard not to say yes to Stanford." White was offered by a large number of top schools including OSU, Stanford, Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa, Florida, North Carolina, Duke, South Carolina, West Virginia and others.
Max Emfinger of the USA Today and Blue Chip Recruiting has White ranked as one of the top two way players in the country, listing him as the #3 outside linebacker and the #5 tight end in the country. Tom Lemming of ESPN and Prep Football Report has White in his Top 100 players in the country and in his top 5 outside linebackers. SuperPrep (Allen Wallace) also ranks Stan as a top two way player, listing him as the #2 Jumbo Athlete (225+ lbs- two positions) in the country. Rivals.100 lists White as its #10 linebacker. In addition PrepStar has Stan on its Dreamteam All-American team.
White was a Rivals.com (LB) and Student Sports.com (TE) All American last year. He was All State as a TE by the coaches and as a LB by the AP. He was an All-Metro pick at LB and was the Baltimore Sun’s runnerup as Defensive Player of the Year.
This year he has already been named a U.S. Army All American and has been chosen to play in the U. S. Army All American Bowl Game to be played in San Antonio, Texas on January 5,2002. This All Star game pits the top 70 high school players in the country in an East-West match up.
White lead the Gilman team for the 2nd straight year in tackles, interceptions, tackles for loss, pass breakups and receptions and receiving yards. During White’s career Gilman had a 29 winning streak, has been ranked nationally the last two years, and has won four(4) straight MIAA A Conference Championships for Coach Poggi. Last month Gilman played Brooklyn Poly Prep, the #10 team in the country according to the USA Today. White had an outstanding game in an 18-15 loss in New York. His sack at the Prep 5 yard line lead to Gilman’s first score. His interception stopped one Prep drive and he accumulated 17 tackles. He also caught 3 passes including a 40 yarder to the Prep 10 that lead to Gilman’s other score. IN his final game Gilman broke McDonogh School’s 19 game winning streak 17-14. Stan had 15 tackles, 6 assists, a sack, 2 fumble recoveries and caught 7 passes for 121 yards including 3 for 53 on the games last drive that lead to the winning field goal with 1 second left by Tilghman Morton.
For the season White had 153 tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 5 fumbles recovered, 4 fumbles caused, and 14 pass breakups. On offense he had 33 receptions for 578 yards and 3 TDs in his role as a tight end and lead blocking H-Back. Ohio State is recruiting him as a linebacker, while Stanford wanted the 6'3" 235 lber as a TE. "I just want to play. It doesn’t matter. My Dad said he went to Ohio State as a tight end , but ended up a linebacker. It worked out pretty well for him, so I’ll just strap on my helmet and play football."
Stan carries a 3.88 GPA and scored 1390 on the SATs.