In terms of just raw upside, the class of 2022 has a lot of really promising athletes here in the state of Georgia. One player who has some of the biggest upside is Joshua White out of Cedar Grove.
It doesn’t take too long to notice the 6’5″ 248 lbs. defensive end on film. The long defender uses his hands pretty well to get leverage, and his film is littered with hustle-tackles coming from the backside.
The recruiting world, and life in general has been turned upside down lately, but that has not stopped the recruiting interest for White. He has seen recent offers in the last month from East Carolina, Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Georgia Tech.
“Recruiting has been great to see my name get out there more, and seeing how I can change my life, and people around my life with just working hard,” White said.
With the pandemic going on, that has thrown wrench into a lot of normal-day activities, but White has continued to adjust nicely.
“Right now I’m on my grades, and working hard. Also, just trying to build a relationship with the schools that have offered me. Workouts have been going great during the pandemic; you have more time to space workouts through the day.” he said.
White definitely comes off as a hard-worker. His 3.5 GPA and the motor he shows on film indicates that he goes 100% on each play. He has the raw ability, and size to become a P5 caliber strongside defensive end at the next level. We would like to see him continue to sharpen up his hands, getting quicker and more powerful at the point of attack. Considering his size already, there is a lot of room to grow in the weight room, and he should really continue to add some good weight the next few years here before even stepping on a college campus.
Heading into his junior year, White has some lofty goals he would like to hit.
“My goals for this upcoming season is to be better than my last season. I would like to be first team All-State and to lead in sacks and tackles for loss – show I can move better then I ever have!”
Rewinding our memory, there is definitely shades of former Stockbridge star Brenton Cox with Joshua White. He has a big frame to fill out, and showed some legit flashes as a sophomore that could very catapult him into some All-State teams if he ends up producing like he expects.
For now, it’s only May, and plenty of time before the season starts, and we expect the big defender to continue to improve. With right at double-digit offers to date, there is plenty of recruiting news on the horizon with White, so continue to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to hear the latest on the high-upside defender out of Cedar Grove.