The recruiting process was starting to heat up for Plainwell, Mich., tight end Tyler White, but the 6-foot-5, 235-pound class of 2013 prospect was waiting for that one school ready to make him a scholarship offer.
This past weekend that school presented itself, and after a few days of thought White knew where he wanted to continue his college future.
"Every coach I talked to, they all said, 'let us know when you get your first [offer],'" White said. "But Illinois didn't care. They just said, 'We're looking for certain kind of players and you fit it.'"
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Illinois made their offer official on Saturday when White was in Champaign for the Illini's home contest against Penn State. Monday night, the state of Michigan tight end knew he was ready to accept the offer.
"Tonight I called Coach [Alex] Golesh and told him I am ready to commit. I told Coach [Tim] Beckman too," White said. "They seemed happy, but I was so happy I didn't notice anything other than my reaction.
"I've always been big on education and having a good future. They talked about that and told me their Engineering and Business programs were top ten in the nation. That was a big thing for me."
White also reflected on his experience on Illinois' campus this past weekend when considering his decision.
"I got a tour and loved the campus, loved the facilities," White said. "Being around the coaches, I just felt they were the right kind of coaches for me to be with the next four years."
White is playing this fall for a Plainwell team that has posted a 5-1 record through six games. He is commitment No. 19 for the Illini, and the third pickup in this class from the state of Michigan.