Friendship Collegiate junior defensive back Ashton White has committed to Virginia Tech, citing the school’s “family environment” as one of the primary reasons he pledged to the Hokies over Ohio State and Maryland.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound White first announced his decision on Twitter Thursday night, and it comes about six months after the Hokies were the first school to offer him a scholarship.

“I love the environment, the academics, the school, the program. The program, it’s a winning program,” White said. “They’ve been to like 20 straight bowl games. It’s a great coaching staff.”

One of the more athletically gifted players on the Knight’s defense this season, White is the second Friendship player to commit to a Football Bowl Subdivision school in the past six months. Senior running back Jonathan Haden pledged to Arizona back in June. White’s commitment comes about three weeks before another Friendship corner, senior Jalen Tabor, is expected to make his decision between Alabama, Florida, Maryland and Arizona at the Under Armor All-America Game on Jan. 2.

White was recruited by Hokies assistants Aaron Moorehead and Torrian Gray, and both coaches consistently made White feel “that I was a top priority,” he said.

He visited Blacksburg about four times before making his decision he said, and becomes the fourth player in the Washington area to commit to the program in the past year. The list includes DeMatha senior wide receiver Cam Phillips, Hylton quarterback Travon McMillian and Stonewall Jackson quarterback Greg Stroman.

“They were showing me alot of love. So I was comfortable with it,” White said. “It felt like it was home.”

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