White waits, Chargers beckon

April 28, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

Reggie White had a long night, but an early and rewarding morning.

White, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle from North Carolina A&T and Milford Mill High, said he had hoped to be picked on the first day of the NFL draft Sunday. Instead, he got a phone call early yesterday morning from the San Diego Chargers, who informed him they were taking him in the sixth round.

"I'm real excited because this is one of the best things to ever happen to me," said White, who bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times and ran the 40-yard -- in 4.9 at the recent scouting combine in Indianapolis. "I've been going since 8 o'clock this morning, and I'll meet more of the San Diego officials tomorrow [today]. I don't know what my chances are of making the team, but I'm looking forward to putting the equipment on. Everybody is the same then."

White was an all-conference performer for North Carolina A&T last season. A four-year starter, White was fourth on the team in tackles with 63.

He was the second area player picked by the Chargers in this draft. San Diego selected Bloomsburg University offensive tackle Eric Jonassen, of Glen Burnie, in the fifth round late Sunday.

Jonassen, 6-6 and 315 pounds, started two years for Bloomsburg and was a small-college All-American.

In somewhat of a surprise, the Indianapolis Colts selected Maryland defensive tackle Derek Steele in the seventh round.

Steele, 6-4, 265 pounds, of Newport News, Va., was the quickest lineman on the team last season, but started only one game.

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