CLEARWATER – Arriving at Calvary Christian two years ago, Ethan White labeled himself a “big kid who would run into people.”
After two seasons as the team’s starting left tackle, the 6’4 1/2″, 324-pounder is now loaded with confidence.
“Sometimes I go back and watch my freshman film and laugh. I compare what I know now, to what I knew then,” White told Prep Sports Scouting. “My overall skill level has improved. I know how to place my hands and feet properly.”
White has already racked up eight offers.
The list includes Duke, Iowa State, USF, UCF, Louisville, North Carolina, Toledo and Purdue. He says schools are looking at him as a left tackle, guard or right tackle.
Versatility is on White’s side and that is a good thing for a kid who started playing football at age 11.
He says he found his self-assurance during freshman spring football.
“Once coach [Todd] Yoder told me what I could do and that I started talking to college coaches, it gave me the confidence that I can really do something with football,” White said.
In White’s two seasons on the Warrior’s varsity squad, the team owns an 8-12 record. However, Calvary Christian earned two big prizes early this summer with the transfers of 2018 Clearwater Central Catholic athletes Amari Burney and D’Andre Ferguson. That should help the cause.
“We are putting the past two years behind us,” White said. “This is a brand new team and we are not thinking about the past. We are focused on winning right now.”
Richie Mize served as the man under center the past two seasons for Calvary Christian. But he has graduated and now it is Alex Laccabue’s time. The 2018 quarterback is someone White says is a natural passer.
“So far the offense looks great. Everything is clicking well right now,” he said. “The line is holding up good and he [Alex] has lots of time to throw back there.”
White loves playing for fifth year head coach Todd Yoder.
“He [Yoder] has the mentality just don’t quit,” White said. “No matter what is going on don’t quit. He’ll push you hard in practice and it comes out in the games.”
In terms of White’s biggest strengths, he pointed to his run blocking, foot speed and hand placement. He’s looking to improve on his ability to read defenses better and watch film better.
The plan with football for White is to get drafted in the NFL.
“I want to get a good enough education to take care of my family and have a successful career. If that doesn’t work I’d love to study sports medicine,” he said. “I’ve always liked studying how the body works and how you can adjust it to perform better.”
White is smart, determined and concentrated on the task ahead. He really stood out in his protection and assignments as a sophomore. Look for him to have an even bigger junior season with plenty of pressure on him to protect his senior quarterback.
Favorite players to watch – Vince Wilfork, Tyron Smith
Favorite movies – Step Brothers
Favorite TV shows – Football or basketball
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I’ve been really into fishing for a long time. With football and school, it’s hard to find time to do it. I’ve caught sharks that are 200 lbs.”
Nicknames from teammates or friends – “Oaf”
Game film: White’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Chris Copek
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