Less than two weeks after decommitting from Iowa State, versatile defender Kam White verbally pledged to Ole Miss on Wednesday. White, a three-star who’s ambiguously classified as an athlete, is expected to contribute to the Rebels on the defensive side of the ball, possibly at outside linebacker.
A member of the Mississippi Dandy Dozen and a high school teammate of superstar running back recruit Cam Akers, White broke his long-standing verbal pledge to the Cyclones on Jan. 19 and took an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend.
“I definitely like Ole Miss,” White told The Clarion-Ledger back in June, a month and a half before committing to Iowa State. “I’ve been liking Ole Miss since they offered me. I don’t just want to get out of Mississippi. It’s just that if I do go to school in Mississippi, it’s most likely going to be Ole Miss.”
In addition to Iowa State and Ole Miss, White held offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
How does he fit in?
The 6’2, 203-pound athlete could play a number of positions for the Rebels, though the most pressing need, of course, is at linebacker. New defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff needs bodies as he shifts from a base 4-2-5 to a 4-3, and rising senior DeMarquis Gates is currently the only reliable outside ‘backer on the roster.
Still, all of the linebackers being signed in this class could make it tough for White to stand out as a freshman. Four-star early enrollee Breon Dixon, three-star JUCO transfer Brenden Williams and three-star Josh Clarke are the most likely newcomers to carve out playing time in 2017, and former three-star Donta Evans could factor in as he comes off of a redshirt.
White played safety in high school, meaning he could end up contributing at either traditional safety position or the Husky role recently vacated by Tony Conner.
I think he’ll end up at linebacker and a redshirt year to build onto his slight frame could be in the cards. Still, Ole Miss’ struggles to find warm bodies to stop the run could thrust him into early playing time.