DT D’Nas “Debo” White (6-4 310) of Concord, NC is one of the big targets left on the board for the 2024 recruiting season. He made official visits in June to USC and Virginia Tech and recently named a final five of USC, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State and Coastal Carolina. White has also been to games in Columbia.
His new coach at Robinson High School is former Blythewood coach Jason Seidel. He knows the world of Gamecock football well from his days in Columbia and said Shane Beamer and his coaches are doing the right things with White.
“He liked it when he went down for the visit,” Seidel said. “He hasn’t said where he’s leaning, he just said he enjoyed his time there. They took care of him really well. He liked the facilities and it’s not too far from home. There’s a reason they are in the top five because he’s had a lot of schools. Any team that’s made the top five is something he’s really thought about. I think the D-line coach has done a good job recruiting him. I think they’ve done a good job recruiting him.”
The season is here for White, and his coach believes recruiting will take a back seat for a while, with the exception of some fall weekend visits.
“From what we’ve talked, I think he wants to get through the season,” Seidel said. “I think he wants to enjoy his senior year and then make a decision unless something just absolutely changes. He’s been bombarded since the spring, and I think it can be overwhelming, so I think he wants to take a breath and he’s like, let me enjoy my senior year and go play with my teammates. Those teams will be there at the end. I think that’s what he’s going to do.”
Seidel added that whoever lands White will be getting a disruptive force in the middle of their defensive line.
“You can’t deny his size at 6-5, 320 pounds. Athletic as hell. Smart. He’s tough,” Seidel said. “His hands are good. He’s quick. He’s not just a bull rusher. He can defeat double teams. He can get skinny as much as possible and get uphill and put pressure on the QB, but he’s also going to shut down the run game as well.”
The Gamecocks do not yet have a defensive tackle committed for their 2024 class.