Antoine White is the first member of the 2014 recruiting class to make his appearance on our countdown list. Antoine enrolled early this past winter to begin to hone his skills earlier than the normal recruit, and it seems to have paid off. He was named by ESPN analysts and Big Ten analysts alike as one of the standouts among the underclassmen at spring practice. It's great to see White getting accustomed to the college level so quickly, especially because the depth chart is nothing to write home about at the moment. Antoine should find himself in position to gain some early playing time, and will surely see the field during this upcoming season if he continues to garner the reviews he did in the spring.
Antoine was a three star recruit according to the 247Composite rankings. Although he played both defensive end and defensive tackle in high school, he is all in on the DT spot for the Nittany Lions. He was recruited by former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson and was very high on Bill O'Brien. This led to some speculation that he may back out of his commitment during the coaching search, but he told me repeatedly that he committed to Penn State for a reason and that he was firm in that commitment.
Antoine is still in the process of bulking up to what a typical defensive tackle in D1 college football will look like, but once he's reached a size that he and the coaching staff are comfortable with- watch out. White is already very skilled at using his hands to fight through blockers, rather than just relying on pure power. This is a great skill to have at such a young age, because extra power can always be made through work in the weight room. Learning proper technique to use with the hands can be more difficult though, so to already be skilled in said area is a great advantage. Antoine is full of potential, and could eventually grow into being the next great Penn Stater to plug up the middle of the defensive line.
Antoine will wear number 93 in his first season as a Nittany Lion. Good luck this year, Antoine!