Virginia Tech has issued a rash of offers since the spring evaluation period began. One of the latest recruits to receive an offer is 2018 safety Joseph White.
White is listed at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds and plays wide receiver and defensive back for Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, VA. He is listed as a 2-star wide receiver prospect by Rivals, and to this point White has nine scholarship offers, including NC State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest.
White’s size and versatility makes him an interesting prospect. Offensively, he shows excellent and reliable hands. He’s able to make contested catches and shows the ability to adjust to the ball while in the air. He’s not extremely agile, but has enough athleticism to make people miss. White probably won’t flash that ability as much when facing better competition, but he’s still a good athlete.
Defensively, White shows great anticipation when playing the run. White is able to set the edge when on the perimeter and get off of blocks to make tackles. He’s able to come down from the safety position and make plays as well. He announces his arrival with force, and definitely isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. White plays both safety and corner for Landstown, although his ability to play the run and size make him a better fit as a strong safety/rover type of player.
At this point, it’s unclear where Virginia Tech stands in White’s recruitment. White received his scholarship offer on May 3, and could garner more interest as the evaluation period ends and camp season begins. White has already visited Wake Forest and NC State, and visits to other schools could be coming. White is also a member of the Mach 1 Academy 7-on-7 team, which is full of other Virginia Tech targets like Darryl Jones, Tayvion Land, Sheridan Jones and Armani Chatman.
Virginia Tech already has two safeties committed for the Class of 2018 in Chamarri Conner and Nasir Peoples. However, the Hokies often move their defensive backs around, and likely will take two or three more defensive backs overall. Jarius Brents, Donte Burton, DJ Crossen and Rayshad Williams are names to keep an eye on, as are Raymond Boone, Nadir Thompson and Kalon Gervin.