White inches closer to commitment
Tennessee had been showing a significant amount of interest in Brady White during his junior season but then it cooled so the four-star quarterback did not know where he stood with the Volunteers.
That was cleared up earlier this week when offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian visited Newhall (Calif.) Hart and White landed his newest offer.
"Coach Bajakian was actually out at the school (Wednesday)," White said. "They were in a lot of contact with me during last season but for a certain amount of time they slowed down on the communication with me.
"Coming into this offseason I didn't know if they were done with me or what but he made it out and communicated that I'm very high on their list and they're very impressed with me, they like me a lot, and so he told me to give him a ring. He told me the good news that I have an offer.
"I'm very appreciative for that. I just have to go back and do my homework and see how I fit."
Time might be of the essence since White has one more round of unofficial visits to take and then he might be prepared to make his commitment.
The four-star quarterback said he plans to visit Arizona on Saturday and Washington State on Sunday but that was before QB Tyler Hilinski committed to the Cougars on Thursday night. Wazzu is only expected to take one quarterback this cycle.
A decision timetable has not been set but White said he'd prefer to make a pledge pretty soon. If other programs get involved in the coming days that could change and White could wait longer.
"The plan right now is that these could be my last visits," White said. "If I get more offers coming in or I talk with these coaches and they let me know I'm their guy and they really want me, something under that circumstance, maybe I could push it back and take another visit.
"Right now, I do believe the plan is these could be the last visits and I'll be deciding relatively soon. I don't have a specific date. It could change. Nothing is set in stone right now. That's what I do believe right now."
Cal has to be considered the favorite at this point but Arizona State and his other dozen or so offers cannot be counted out, either.
And things might very well change. Vanderbilt, Stanford, Michigan, Miami, Mississippi State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Arizona and San Diego State have all recently stopped by the school so more big offers could be on the way.