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McNamara DB Ashton White commits to Notre Dame

After decommitting from Virginia Tech in March, Ashton White sought advice from other fellow Division I football prospects on how to proceed with his recruitment. Just about all of them had the same advice for the rising senior defensive back, who held thirteen offers from the likes of Virginia, Maryland, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

“They said you will know when it’s the right school because you’ll get that feeling when you’re on campus,” the McNamara rising senior said. “Once I was on Notre Dame’s campus [for a June 23 visit], I got that feeling.”

The Fighting Irish reciprocated the love a few days later by extending an offer to White, who announced his commitment to Notre Dame on Tuesday via Twitter.

“I just fell in love with the university,” White said. “It’s a historical and traditional program that promotes you as an overall person and not just as a football player. I really like the coaching staff and it’s just a great football program along with a great academic school.”

During his unofficial visit, White had a chance to work out with Notre Dame defensive backs Coach Kerry Cooks, who witnessed the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder’s sound footwork and technique as well as his physicality that he brings to the cornerback position.

White also said he met up with Notre Dame rising sophomore safety and former Gonzaga All-Met Devin Butler, who gave his friend and one-time WCAC rival another perspective to consider before choosing the Fighting Irish. Come next year, White will also be joined in South Bend by All-Met offensive lineman Sam Mustipher, who graduated from Good Counsel last month.

With his college decision done, White’s focus will shift to his senior season back at McNamara, where he played during his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Friendship Collegiate to play with All-Met Jalen Tabor and DaeJuan Funderburk in the defensive backfield. White’s return to McNamara, which he said was academics-based, will give the Mustangs another weapon alongside quarterback Ramar Williams and wide receiver Camari Murray.

“I’m excited to be coming back and getting back to my family at McNamara,” White said. “I think we’re going to have a good team that can win the championship, so I’m going to do my best to make an impact and help bring leadership and support for the younger players to help us reach our team goals.”

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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Brandon Parker · July 3, 2014