HENDERSONVILLE - Pope John Paul II wide receiver Rory White is following in his parent’s footsteps.
White will serve in the United States Military after he declared his commitment to the United States Air Force football team last month.
“Both of my parents were Marines and the military was something that was always an option for me,” White told Main Street Preps. “I know how much my parents wanted me to go into the Air Force but they pushed me to look at my other options; it was never you must go here type of situation. I knew in my heart I wanted to be there, but I took my time to explore other options and we weighed this decision. My two choices were completely different lifestyles but in my heart, I always knew I would end up here.”
White held offers from Columbia University, Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State.
“I’m unsure of what I want to study in college but I am interested in being a pilot and I know this is the best institution to learn how to do that. I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter of my life,” White continued.
White took an unofficial visit to Fort Collins, Colorado during Thanksgiving last year and fell in love with everything Air Force has to offer.
“Seeing everything from the campus to the football game was just so awesome,” he said. “It was kind of like a junior day but I saw a game as well. I was blown away with everything they have to offer. The campus is beautiful and the environment is crazy.”
Now that White has an offer in hand and his commitment out of the way he can focus on a senior season that is sure to be memorable with the Knights.
“It’s a giant load of my back for sure,” White said of the commitment. “It’s a sense of relief. I can come into this year and not worry about applying to other schools and other little things. I’m just so grateful to be able to attend a school of this magnitude and get the best academic opportunity possible and play the game that I love at a Division I level - it’s truly mind blowing.”
White was quick to shrug off any notion of his senior season being one that was all about him and reinforced 2019 is all about the Knight’s team success.
“As a team our goals are just to control what we can control,” he said. “We have every opportunity to make it far this season; we have that belief in ourselves. As for individually, I’m not worried about that at all. I’m just trying to be the best teammate that I can be in order to help us achieve our ultimate goals. I don’t focus on individual stats - I’m more worried about how we do as a team.”
As a team the Knights are well off on the offensive side of the football, returning several key members at the wide receiver and running back spots.
However, one key replacement will be quarterback Sawyer Watts - who replaces two-year starter Ben Nixon.
“Sawyer and I have a great relationship and we go all the way back to middle school playing with each other,” he said. “He is doing a great job of taking control of the team and being a great leader for us; he has really stepped up.”
White will look to build on a junior campaign that saw DII-AA All Region honors as well as All Sumner County second team honors.
The Knights kick off the 2019 season at home against John Overton on August 23.