By Aimee Sachs • Democrat Staff Writer • December 22, 2009
After taking his official visit to Auburn last week, Lincoln High quarterback Ryan White committed to play for the Tigers over the weekend.
The 6-foot, 185-pound senior toured the campus last Wednesday. The only other school White went to look at was Georgia Tech. After discussing his options with his father for a few days, a text message conversation with his mother prompted White to call Tigers assistant coach Phillip Lolley to announce his commitment.
“Right before I committed, my mom texted me, ‘Did you commit to Auburn yet?’ White recalled. “I said, ‘No.’ She said, ‘What are you waiting for?’ So I called Coach Lolley.”
After a disappointing loss to Tampa Plant in last year’s Class 4A state championship game, White spent the first part of the 2009 season splitting the starting quarterback job with senior Evan Brigman. White saw more playing time as the season progressed, and completed 53 of 89 passes for 1,011 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 378 yards and three touchdowns on 64 carries.
“As kids grow and develop, they just get more comfortable with who they are,” Lincoln head coach Yusuf Shakir said of White’s progress this year. “It’s a good opportunity for him.”
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