It's always a huge relief for a high school football player when they receive their first scholarship offer. It's an even more joyous occasion when that first offer is from a big time program. That was the situation with Ashton White last weekend. The sophomore cornerback that recently transferred to Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy went camping at a very prominent ACC school last weekend.
"Virginia Tech offered me so the camp was great," said the 5-foot-11, 176-pound White. "It was my first offer."
White described his day in detail.
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"I got down there after a four-hour drive," he said. "We got there early in the morning and went through registration. There were a lot of kids out there and it was great competition. I went out there and had fun doing the drills and one-on-ones.
"When camp was over Coach Morehead and Coach Gray let me know that they were offering me," White said. "They told me to wait around and go talk to Coach Frank Beamer. My family and I went up to Coach Beamer's office and he talked with me and told me they were offering me a scholarship."
It sounded like White is pretty familiar with the Hokie program and likes the coaches.
"I know they have a long winning tradition," he said. "I think they've been to 20 straight bowl games. I know they have a strong tradition and send a lot of guys to the NFL.
"I liked the coaching staff Coach Moorehead is a funny guy and has a lot of energy," said White. "They all act like a family, interact well with the players and know a lot about football too."
Virginia Tech may be the first school to offer White but more are sure to come.
"I've been in touch with Ohio State, Clemson and Maryland," he said. "I'm going to Ohio State this weekend and hopefully they offer."
Last season, White played for Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara.