When LSU nabbed a commitment from the nation’s No. 5 running back, the Tigers thought they were adding another weapon to an already-explosive backfield.
Devin White, Louisiana’s No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2016 and an early enrollee for the Tigers, lined up at linebacker in his first LSU practice on Monday.
Simply put, the LSU coaches felt that’s where White was needed, coach Les Miles explained.
“We went around the room and voted, and he (White) texted (me and) said he thought he could get on (the) field quicker at linebacker,” Miles recalled, according to NOLA.com’s Jerit Roser.
White played both running back and linebacker for North Webster High School (Springhill, La.), and the four-star prospect performed at a high level at each position.
LSU’s linebacking corps was depleted by the graduation of former starters Lamar Louis and Deion Jones, while Kendell Beckwith is the lone starter returning to the unit.
White joins fellow freshman Michael Divinity as a true freshman competing for a starting role this spring. The two will compete with veterans Riley Duke and Donnie Alexander, among others, for jobs at outside linebacker.