Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic three-star quarterback Shaun White decided to make Thanksgiving a special day for one collegiate staff. Earlier Thursday evening, the 6-foot, 195-pound quarterback pledged his services to the Vanderbilt Commodores.
"It has been on my mind all week," White said. "I was going to do it next week but I have been thinking about it so much this week that I went ahead and did it. The coaches, my dad, and the fans (at Catholic) have been talking to me about it so I just went ahead and pulled the trigger."
White, who chose Vanderbilt over options such as UAB, Southern Miss, and Memphis, said there were a number of reasons why he opted for the SEC program.
"It is one of the top ranked colleges in the nation, like 17th, for academics," White said. "The coaches, I really liked them when I went down there. The fan base is crazy. I will also get a chance to compete against the highest level of competition in the game in the SEC."
During a recent unofficial visit, White really hit it off with his future position coach.
"I have been talking with Coach (Jimmy) Kiser," White said. "Once I met him and I started talking to him - he is just a real cool man. I have liked him ever since I met him."
Another reason why Vanderbilt struck White as the right school for his college career is that he should be able to continue playing alongside his running back, Marquis Sumler. Sumler has yet to pledge to the staff at Vanderbilt but it is just a matter of time according to White.
"There is a good chance he will be joining me," White said. "For the next four or five years we will be at Vanderbilt together. I am looking forward to that."
While White has other options in his recruitment, he said he is fully confident in his decision and that he will no longer be looking around.
"Vanderbilt is it," White said. "That is where I am going."
Catholic will travel to face Perry (Fla.) Taylor County in the second round of the playoffs on Friday evening. Catholic is currently 11-0 on the season. As a senior, White has thrown for 1,917 yards and 13 touchdowns.