Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 23: Devin White
Devin White’s first days on the LSU campus provided us with a bit of a twist right off the bat.
The four-star athlete projected to be a component of the Tigers backfield quickly switched to the defensive side of the ball, where he immediately looked the part of a linebacker.
Of course, White played both running back and linebacker throughout his high school career at North Webster (Springhill, La.), and the 6-foot-1, 258-pounder realized that immediate playing time would be more attainable in LSU’s thin linebacking corps.
White was penciled in as Kendell Beckwith’s backup, and when the senior went down with a knee injury, the true freshman stepped in — and showed out — with the opportunity.
“Devin White went from running back to linebacker, and he just looks like he’s going to be playing very quickly,” Miles said. “A couple of freshmen came in and did very well. It looks like a couple of those guys on defense will play.”
With Beckwith back healthy, White seems to be destined for a spot in LSU’s linebacker rotation after impressing early and often this spring. That entire layer of defense is going to be young, but White’s ability to adjust and make plays right away could lead to not only playing time but the fast track to eventually earning a starting job.
Coming Thursday: A sophomore receiver ready to break out
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.