White follows father's footsteps to play football at Ohio State

High Schools

November 27, 2001|By Lem Satterfield

Stan White Jr., who led Gilman to a share of its fourth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title, yesterday accepted a full football scholarship to play at Ohio State.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker and tight end will be playing at the same school where his father, Stan Sr., earned All-America honors.

White Jr. turned down full scholarship offers from Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, Duke, South Carolina, Northwestern, West Virginia and Stanford.

"The biggest thing about Ohio State were the coaches. I think a lot of [head coach Jim] Tressel. He's a man of integrity. He makes you feel that he's going to do you right," said White, an All-Metro player last fall who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash.

An A student with a 1,390 SAT score, White also led Gilman in interceptions, tackles, fumble recoveries, pass deflections and was its top receiver - all for the second straight year. White has been chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at noon on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.

White Sr., who played 11 years professionally with the NFL's Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions, said his son made the decision on his own.

"I'm proud of the fact that he's going to Ohio State, but my daughter [Sun 1993 Female Athlete of the Year Amanda White] went to Stanford, and I would have been satisfied if he'd have gone there," said White Sr. "Maryland wasn't really in the picture early, and even though they're winning, he had already eliminated schools by that point. But he watches Maryland, knows a lot of kids on the team and roots for Maryland."

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