Prospect breakdown: Drew White

Drew White is a linebacker from the class of 2017. He’s been scouted by Notre Dame but is still awaiting an offer from a Power Five school. We take a look at his game and prospects at the next level.

Drew White is a 6-1, 215-pound outside linebacker from the class of 2017, who plays at St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

White isn’t rated by all the major services, but he’s a 2-star, according to Scout. Despite the rating, White is a dark-horse prospect who is gaining attention from some well-known programs. He has offers from Cincinnati and FAU, and he’s heard from academic/athletic powerhouses Stanford and Notre Dame, although neither has offered at this point.

The low star rating for White is likely due to the fact that he’s not a fully rounded linebacker at this point in his development. That’s not to say that he doesn’t do some things extremely well, however.

White is able to crash the line fast and hard on running plays. He does a good job of anticipating holes and finding his way into the backfield without being slowed by contact.

On one play, White had dropped into coverage, but he was able to break off and crash the backfield when he saw a bad snap hit the ground. He ended up tackling the quarterback for a loss.

White is a fierce and nasty tackler, with a mean streak that will suit him well at the next level.

His biggest weakness, and the reason he’s still waiting for a Power Five scholarship offer, is his ability in space. He seems a little hesitant when taking angles in pass coverage and when crossing the field to lend support on longer gains.

White is also very physical in his pass coverage. Even in his highlight videos, many of his pass coverage plays appear to border on illegal contact, something he’ll need to clean up before covering college receivers.

It’s almost as if White is two different players, an elite linebacker or safety when moving forward and hunting the ball in the backfield, and another player altogether when covering downfield.