Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic quarterback Shaun White was all set for Vanderbilt, but then the Commodores dropped him in recent weeks. That led to the 6-foot, 195-pound quarterback being forced to scramble to find a home.
Luckily for him, one of the first schools to show him interest - Middle Tennessee - was still willing to welcome him with open arms. Following a weekend official visit, White decided to commit to Rick Stockstill and company over Florida International, who he also visited this past weekend.
"They have been with me since day one," White said. "I can honestly say that I have a box of letters from Coach (Rick) Stockstill alone."
After his visit, two specific things stood out about his future home.
"The campus is nice," White said. "The whole coaching staff is trying to not only make me a better football player, but also a better person as well."
It doesn't hurt that the Blue Raiders are in need of a quarterback.
"To top it off, I have an opportunity to compete for a starting job next year," White said.
After having a sour taste in his mouth with how the Vanderbilt situation played out, White is glad to know that on Wednesday he will be signing with Middle Tennessee and preparing to begin his collegiate career.
"I am more than glad," White said. "After that situation, recruiting got tougher for me. Now a weight has been lifted off my shoulders."
As a senior, White threw for 2,184 yards and 14 touchdowns. Over three season, he amassed 6,745 yards and 57 touchdowns while rushing for 873 yards and 21 touchdowns.