Ole Miss received two commitments from four-stars Nick Cull and Bryson Hurst at the end of August. Since then, it’s been relatively quiet on the recruiting front for head coach Lane Kiffin.
The silence ended on Wednesday when three-star Parkview (Ark.) safety Jaylon White verbally committed to Ole Miss over Arkansas, Kansas State and Louisville. The Natural State athlete also held notable offers from Baylor, Indiana, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Utah.
The Rebels 13th commit in their 2022 class brings a unique skill set to DJ Durkin and Chris Partridge’s secondary class. He joins the aforementioned Cull and four-stars Marquez Dortch and Taylor Groves.
White plays quarterback for Parkview while also spending time on the other side of the football as a safety. This year, White has been instrumental in his team’s 3-0 start, dazzling fans and opponents alike with his athleticism and speed to run away from defenders.
In 2020, White made 59 tackles, defended eight passes, made five tackles for loss, and collected two fumble recoveries and interceptions each.
How does he fit in?
As mentioned above, White is a tremendous prospect who utilizes his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame to elude defenders in space and make them pay with his legs.
'22 Jaylon White @jaylon1white bobbles the ball, just to grab it and run for a 68 yard TD in a big win over White Hall. White showed his versatility throughout the game last night! @big73miller @rocktownsports @ARPrepSports @ETTaylor79 @EarlGill10 @JaidTaylorLive @ParkviewLr pic.twitter.com/v6p1NzMgGY— C.O.E Films (@CrunkdOutEnt) September 12, 2021
He’s also not bad at throwing the football either.
At the half, Parkview leads Southwest 34-0. Parkview's connection between Jaylon White @jaylon1white and Parker Perry @ParkerPerry20 seem to be unstoppable! @big73miller @ARPrepSports @rocktownsports @ETTaylor79 @ParkviewLr pic.twitter.com/rpGq0wr6h2— C.O.E Films (@CrunkdOutEnt) September 3, 2021
The Ole Miss coaches love White’s frame and the skill set that comes along with it. He has great ball skills and the length that you cannot teach to be an effective safety in the Southeastern Conference.
White was an in-person evaluation by the staff at a camp earlier this summer which should show you how much they value his commitment. Coleman Hutzler and Randall Joyner prioritized the Arkansas prospect early on and did a great job beating out the other Power 5 programs for his commitment.