LSU's Devin White, once a small-town Louisiana athlete, now chasing greatness, BY BROOKS KUBENA | bkubena@theadvocate.com, Rabalais: Go short or long term? He was still a kid.”. While LSU’s Devin White is considered the top off-ball linebacker in ... Bush said exceeding his father’s accomplishments — Devin Sr. was … ... Pat Sajak and a 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant traded the goofiest dad jokes about fencing. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Early Sunday afternoon, Devin White gifted his mother a new car. Devin visited his father during his summer holidays, in Moss Point, Mississippi, a place that had a significant black population. One vehicle was discovered… Booker was barely 15 and living with his dad Melvin, and these workouts, which were influenced by his father's years working in Europe, formed the solid foundation for the young basketball prodigy. White played both running back and linebacker at North Webster, and the stories of his high school games often sound like fiction. You see all this ability, and you want him to do everything right, right now. White Obituary. In White's interview, he said his mother drove her old car from their home in Cotton Valley to every game he played in college. White will grin, wearing the same Justin George Strait boots he’s had since high school. Kinda like, 'It don't matter where I get picked. “We heard how good he was when he was in junior high,” said Blanton, who called high school football games on KTKC-FM, 92.9. Houston took White to the camp, where he said White ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash. White said he watched the seven-minute video twice before immediately calling up the owner and purchasing Daisy Mae with what he'd saved from leftover scholarship money and bowl stipends. Tampa Bay’s 2019 first round pick, White … ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has White ranked as his No. White was a resident of Illinois at the time of passing. “Those big-paying jobs were no more. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida man has been charged in a traffic crash that killed a longtime police captain who was the father of New England Patriots running back James White… Devin Haney struck a chord with many, but nothing he said is a new play in the game of boxing or life. The bleachers at Baucum-Farrar Stadium, which were hardly ever filled, were packed. 25 in the AP preseason poll, which was released Monday morning. Devin White is the fastest linebacker at the NFL combine. And next year, you can only go down, that's how high you are. “ 'We would have stopped by!' Other questions:subscriberservices@theadvocate.com. Six LSU players heading to NFL combine; When will they be on field? Ware said White had “arms that were bigger than my legs” and that White ran the ball at least 70 times as a freshman running back, while also recording 110 tackles as the team’s starting linebacker. Devin spent his early years in Grandville, Michigan, which was a suburb of Grand Rapids. ” Ware recalled them saying. June 2, 2019 7:29 pm ET. White watched Clemson rout Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff national championship, and he feels like "LSU is right there" to compete with the Tide. White said he only has four online classes to finish before earning his degree in sports administration, and he still Facetimes safety Grant Delpit and corner Kary Vincent. Devin White always has been a horse guy. The area continued to produce athletes — like 1988 NFL Rookie of the Year John Stephens and Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West — but no one produced the same public fanfare of Crow or Carr. “I never had a kid that talented, and I didn’t want him to miss out.”. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. FATHER-AND-SON RELATIONSHIP. The YouTube title read “Standardbred Racking Mare FOR SALE.”. You have permission to edit this article. Devin White attended North Webster High School in Springhill, Louisiana where he played high school football as a stand out linebacker and running back.. White was a controversial recruit out of high school, having multiple run-ins with police. — Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 8, 2020 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are extremely thin at running back for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears, and that forced … Recruiting reporters were calling from Rivals, 247Sports, Scout, Bleacher Report. LSU linebacker Devin White tends to his horse, Daisy Mae, Friday, August 17, 2018, at BREC's Farr Park in Baton Rouge, La. 24 overall, and he went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL. Six LSU players heading to NFL combine; When will they be on field? Breakout star? ESPN on Monday released its list of names it believes will be the 50 best players in college football this season. Lavonte David, right, and Devin White, left, together have 81 solo tackles and 116 combined -- the most of any linebacker duo this season. A few thousand jobs, Springhill mayor Carroll Breaux said, were eliminated. White was born on Saturday, September 24, 1994 and passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020. Linebackers, particularly inside linebackers, hardly ever reach that speed. "But you're so high, it's hard to tell you to come back because you're so high. Out of all my years in coaching, I’ve never had a (Division-I) player like this here.’ ”. No, White had always been too big for even one of Louisiana’s smallest cities to hide. Within 10 minutes, Houston said, White’s phone rang 15 times. In White's interview, he said his mother drove her old car from their home in Cotton Valley to every game he played in college. But in the summer of 2009, Shaw was approached by a persistent little-league coach, Shaun Houston, who had seen White “put half his forearm” over the rim at a recent open gym and desperately wanted him to join his new football team. Up until 1979, Springhill and the surrounding cities — Shongaloo, Sarepta and Cotton Valley — thrived economically from a paper mill under the International Paper Company. He added 286 tackles, 8.5 sacks, nine interceptions at LSU. Inevitably, White’s anonymity at Farr Park didn’t last long either. He was … ... 'Hey daddy… Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight The Associated Press preseason All-Am…. The mare brings peace to a country-born linebacker chasing greatness, and, on the first weekend of July, White decided he must have her. Under the flashing caution light on Highway 371, past a hollowed and weed-infested church, rests the single-wide trailer where the stepbrothers once shared a room. “It really suffered,” said Blanton, who was one of the workers who was laid off. Fast forward 21 years later, and Devin is knocking on the UFC’s official top 15. How would I be able to get you to the trail ride if you’re not at the football game?”. LSU linebacker Devin White takes a selfie with fans on Victory Hill before the Rice game on Saturday, November 17, 2018, outside Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. White said there was a point where he even said, "forget the video, I'm going back to school.". Over the next three seasons, TV trucks, college scout caravans and curious out-of-towners followed the lumber trucks down Main Street to see the phenom on Friday nights. Join Facebook to connect with Devin White and others you may know. The 63-year-old raised horses on his family’s 160 acres, and, at times, he’d invite Cotton Valley residents to trail-ride parties, where they’d ride horses, eat barbecue and “just have a good time.”. Afterward, White walked with Houston around the Mall of Louisiana — a 14-year-old with a scholarship offer to LSU. You have permission to edit this article. Over the next two years White dominated the little-league fields of northern Louisiana — scoring so many touchdowns as a running back, Shaw said, that they had to carry around his birth certificate to prove White was only 10 years old. “This is like Cotton Valley right here — this little part,” White said. What's their draft projection. Last season, according to Forbes, every player selected in the top 10 received a total contract valued at least $17 million and received signing bonuses of at least $11 million.Â, White repeated that the choice to leave LSU "was very difficult." For now, they’re handing out custom mouthpieces that have the word “Believe” printed on the front, promoting the foundation. Together, White and Houston are in the early stages of creating a nonprofit foundation that supports young athletes in financial need  called “Believe.”. With mom and dad by his side, Devin chose Kentucky in the blue chip recruiting class that also included current NBA players Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis. Devin J. Houston asked Shaw to help persuade White. "I know they will. Houston got his first box in mid-August, and White immediately texted, “Send me one now.”. LSU is ranked No. The lumber trucks still chug through Main Street in Springhill, a mile away from the Arkansas state line, but they don’t stop in town anymore. Devin White's Biography With Birthday, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Nationality, Father, Mother, Siblings, Spouse, Kids, Wiki etc. White is training for the NFL combine, which is in Indianapolis from Feb. 26 until March 4, and he predicted he would run a 40-yard dash time in the 4.4 to low-4.5 range. — DEVIN WHITE 4️⃣0️⃣ (@DevinWhite__40) February 10, 2019. LSU’s top linebacker Devin White will be suspended for the first half of the Tigers matchup with Alabama after being called for targeting against Mississippi State. Sure, it’s unconventional – but it’s a working recipe. Hopefully, there is.”, The Advocate breaks down the top six storylines for LSU this season, The on-field activities for the NFL combine begin Friday in Indianapolis, and there will be six LSU football players being evaluated over the …. White had become so popular in Baton Rouge that when he’d purchased a cell phone plan, the AT&T employee offered a phone number that used his No. In a 51-47 playoff win over Patterson in 2014, Ware said White rushed for 400 yards, received for 100 more and scored six touchdowns. J’Marco Jewel Greenard, 19, died on June 11, 2011, when the rear, driver’s side tire of a church van blew out on a return trip from Texas. Wood said that when she told some summer-camp kids who Daisy Mae’s owner was, they grew excited and “started reciting all his stats.”, Some of the kids, Wood said, even messaged White on Instagram, saying “I fed your horse!”. Houston was driving the bus, and he said the van flipped five times and threw nearly everyone from the vehicle, including J.J. White said he learned maturity from J.J. — his elder by six years, who accepted his new brother fully when his father, Willie Standokes, married White’s mother, Coesha, when White was 4 years old. As he led Daisy Mae through the stable halls, the silence was only broken up by the snuffs of other horses in their pens. Commenting on his new training regime with his dad, Devin said: "I mean, I had YouTubed players doing this sort of stuff. re: Devin White buys mom a new Mercedes Posted by TexasTiger88 on 2/11/19 at 10:18 am to stratman Was listening to OTB this morning and they had Devin on as a guest. He mentioned that he has already received multiple endorsement deals. Shaw’s grandson, Xavious (nicknamed X-man), would bring along his classmate, Devin White, who had shot up to six feet tall by the sixth grade and already could dunk a basketball. Teammate gives clue, Devin White chases ball carriers, not trends, as he prepares for Fiesta Bowl and NFL draft decision, Ex-LSU star Devin White pens emotional post after his 'first love,' pet horse Daisy Mae dies. Sending love to the White family. The video is still near the top of White's twitter account, and a caption says the car doesn't "amount to all the things you have done for me but you do deserve it. Devin Hervey, is all grown up, and there is no denying that he is a replica of his father, Ramon Hervey II. "So, that's why it was such a special moment, because of the type of person my mother is and how it was just so grateful for me to do something for her. LSU didn't have a player selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. From Stadium Drive, Baton Rouge up to Main Street, Springhill, others rely on hope, too. White, who is the father of NFL running back James White of the New England Patriots, was pronounced dead on the scene. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Bush in the first round (10th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.His father, Devin Bush, was also a first round (26th overall) pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. “And by the time some get into high school, they’re not what everybody said they’re going to be. Blanton said White could tackle people by just sticking his arm out, “grab one of these little guys and throw 'em down.”. Devin McCourty honored teammate James White, who tragically lost his father in a car accident today. Houston began sending White inspirational text messages, and even now, White will roll over in the early morning to the buzz of his cell phone. One time, Branch said, a team tried to squib-kick a ball past White on special teams, and he jumped, snatched it with one hand and carried it down the sideline for a touchdown. “Being in a small town,” White said, “a lot of people like to rely on hope.”. Me and Devin White are great matchups with running backs or faster guys that a lot of these bigger linebackers, 6' 2" or 6' 3", 250 pounds, can’t … 2018-10-21T02:44:51.000Z. Devin J. “After that,” Houston said, “everything changed.”. Devin White amassed 5,000 rushing yards and 81 touchdowns in high school. “I told him, ‘Look, we’ve got this kid here,’ ” Ware recalled. Share this article 146 shares share tweet text email link Colin Liotta. Devin White gifts his mom a new car; Former LSU linebacker reflects on draft decision, future, BY BROOKS KUBENA | bkubena@theadvocate.com. Devin J. ", "The first thing I wanted to do, I wanted to get my mom a car," White said in a Monday morning interview on "Off the Bench" on 104.5 ESPN.Â. White was at home with his mother when they got the call. What's their draft projection? And what running back is White looking forward most in tackling? “I didn’t know what to do,” Ware said. White said he learned maturity from J.J. — his elder by six years, who accepted his new brother fully when his father, Willie Standokes, married White’s mother, Coesha, when White was 4 … Ensminger, used to such calls, invited White to LSU’s football camp to see for himself. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White was the team’s first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, going fifth overall, and for good reason. Devin White couldn't hold back tears after his LB-best 40 time at the NFL combine. 40 jersey twice. When White checked his mare into Farr Park, the manager, Melissa Wood, said she didn’t know who he was. 7 overall pick. White is the centerpiece of LSU’s new blitz-heavy defense under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, and after leading the NCAA in tackles in 2017, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound junior is expected to establish himself as one of the best linebackers in program history before taking the fast track to the NFL. In the stock market of LSU football expectations, the question is whether to go short or bet on the long-term investment. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences. “Time marches on, and there’s probably somebody right now in junior high,” Blanton said. Devin White was the SEC leader in total tackles and was the fastest linebacker at the NFL Combine. At times, it was too much of a phenomenon for a small town to handle. When asked about the purpose of Believe, White said it was about rising from small beginnings. Police have released new details on the car crash that killed the father of New England Patriots star James White and left his mother with life-threatening injuries. Another Devin White? ATLANTA — After a sophomore season in which he led the SEC with 133 tackles, LSU linebacker Devin White has people talking. I still went back and forth. George “Junior” Shaw still laughs at his own tact. “(Miles) offered him on the spot,” Houston said. “It was just a prosperous time.”. What's the key issue? — PewterReport (@PewterReport) October 9, 2020 #GoBucs coach Bruce Arians told @JayGlazer they gave Devin White some snaps at RB. Devin White recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds Sunday, the fastest mark in his position group. You can listen to the full interview here. By 9, Devin was a state boxing champion. "She always put herself last and always put us first and made sure we had the nicest things," said White, who was the first LSU linebacker to win the Butkus Award for nation's top linebacker. I’m going to Cotton Valley.’ ”. More than once, he added, White would “just run slam over the opposition” instead of trying to avoid them while running the ball. “When I turn on that road, it’s like ‘Up, I’m going to Springhill. Strengths. “ ‘He’s phenomenal. I still got more room for my game to grow.' White’s mother and father had both earned basketball scholarships, and he had his mind set on following their footsteps. On the first day of fall classes, the LSU football team returned to the practice field Monday for the first time since Ed Orgeron held his sec…. 4 overall prospect. John David Crow, winner of the 1957 Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M, graduated from Springhill High. David and Devin, father and son, are on an elevated level of understanding – at a high degree not many fighters could understand. Her father was a native of Nogales; her mother was from Alabama. Cotton Valley’s population (980) has decreased 17.6 percent since 2000, and the town’s median household income ($25,995) is nearly half the median income of the state of Louisiana ($45,146). It’s an inspiration White said he wants to pay forward. But he seems like a grounded guy and hopefully will manage his money well. 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But a major factor came down to the coaching staff, notably defensive coordinator Dave Aranda who broke down the pros and cons. “He looked like a grown man, but he had not fully matured,” Ware said. The Advocate breaks down the essentials, LSU makes cut in AP preseason poll; see where Tigers, others rank, Mom knows best: Don't assume LSU star Devin White will leave early for NFL draft, Experts: Two LSU football players could go in 1st round of 2019 NFL Draft, LSU practice report, Aug. 20, 2018: After attending start of fall classes Monday, Tigers return to field, LSU's Devin White, Greedy Williams make ESPN's list of top 50 college football players, LSU storylines for 2018: Ed Orgeron, those quarterbacks, the tough slate and more, The Advocate's football preview: Breaking down LSU's 2018 schedule. I can get better, and I can be even higher, even though I'm already at the top. “Even myself, I was guilty of treating him like a grown man. White (Summit Argo, Illinois), who passed away on February 10, 2020, at the age of 25, leaving to mourn family and friends. He could've bought mom a loaded Toyota, which is a higher-quality vehicle, at half the price. The former LSU linebacker is still a few months away from the NFL draft, but after signing with an agent and receiving a few marketing deals, White said he realized: "Oh, I got some money now. Devin’s parents met during the 1995-96 season of the Grand Rapids Mackers, a minor … But early indications are that's likely to change in 2019. Houston said they planned to leave the camp early to catch another at Alabama, but Ensminger asked them to stay a little longer and meet then-head coach Les Miles. He turned out to be better than anybody’d imagined.”. Other questions:subscriberservices@theadvocate.com. Hundreds of people ignored social distancing guidelines and partied their asses off at Devin White's "Trail Ride" charity event over the ... Evander Holyfield's Son My Dad's Ready to … White said he still writes J.J.’s name on his cleats. He attended Moss Point High School in Moss Point, Mississippi and played in the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game, before spending one season playing college basketball for the University of Kentucky. Even now, White said he sometimes rides Daisy Mae bareback beyond the picket fences, along the bike lanes of Highway 327, where people will stop their cars and take pictures. White and preseason All-American cornerback Greedy Williams both have one. ", It has been nearly a month since White declared he would be foregoing his senior year for the NFL draft, where many projections have him pegged as a top 10 selection. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Devin J. White said former LSU running back Leonard Fournette, which would become a possibility if White is not selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. That is, until a super-sized kid’s affinity for horses lured him into the game of football. So when White asked Shaw about the next trail ride, Shaw recalled saying, “Well, me and X-man are going to the football game on Saturday. Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Devin White may have the Los Vegas Raiders wishing they took him with the fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. There was a problem saving your notification. White played varsity as a freshman at the newly consolidated North Webster High, which had just hired a new head football coach, John Ware, from North Caddo. ... White's teammate Devin McCourty ran to … Photo courtesy of NFL/Twitter The shirt read, "Shoot Hoops, Not People." LSU linebacker Devin White, Friday, August 17, 2018, at BREC's Farr Park in Baton Rouge, La. Leonard Fournette is active but really is a break glass emergency guy. He first rode a horse at age 5, when he asked a friend down the street of his “country town” Louisiana neighborhood if he could give it a try. Here is Devin J. White’s obituary. View the profiles of people named Devin White. "His biggest pitch to me was, D, if you were a second-round pick, I'd tell you to come back and improve your draft stock," White said. ... His dad » … His mother is in critical condition. Blanton said he was sometimes criticized for his radio broadcasts, with some people saying, “You know, Bruce, there are other people on the team besides Devin.”. Houston became White’s confidante, his recruiting trip companion, his surrogate father. ### On April 23, 2018, law enforcement was made aware of a troubling pattern of conduct and statements by student, Devin White, age 18, a senior at Mammoth Lakes High School. Taking stock of LSU football in the era of Ed Orgeron, Who is LSU's leader? Business at the neighboring Chick-A-Dilly boomed. Miami-Dade police Capt. "They're going to do everything that I wanted to come back and do next year," White said. J.J. taught White everything he knew, and White followed J.J. wherever he went. High school career. In a recent Instagram post, Devin shared a picture of himself wearing a white t-shirt with an animated basketball design at the front. 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