Few recruits move as quickly through the process as the newest future Nittany Lion, Lonnie White Jr. After receiving his Penn State offer in mid-April, the Malvern Prep star wasted little time in deciding that Happy Valley was where he wanted to be.
The White File
- Class: 2021
- Size: 6'2/210 lbs.
- Pos: ATH
- School: Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (0.8599)
- Composite Rank: #685 overall, #14 in PA
White has seen his recruitment take off in recent months, picking up offers from Penn State, Tennessee, Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State, and Indiana in the month of April, alone. He also visited Columbus to check out Ohio State just before the pandemic hit. But in the end, two visits in late-2019 to Happy Valley and the full-court press from the staff were enough to sway the supremely-talented athlete to University Park.
White, who has previously been committed to Clemson to play baseball, has become one of the hotter recruits in the country lately. Programs have become enamored with the three-sport star (football, baseball, basketball) as a potential stud at the next level when he puts it all together on the football field.
With the Nittany Lions, White is likely destined to play wide receiver. He plays both receiver and quarterback for Malvern Prep, but the staff will love the athleticism he brings to the table as a future star out wide. White has also said that he will play baseball in college, so Penn State will once again have a crossover football and baseball athlete, replacing the recently-transferred Mac Hippenhammer.
247Sports, who has White rated as a four-star prospect, has the following scouting report on the athlete.
Excellent frame with mass. Elite-level three-sport athlete. Plays baseball and basketball as well. Smart, intelligent player with position versatility. Played receiver as sophomore and quarterback as junior. Can also play safety. Possesses excellent burst, speed and athleticism. Extremely fluid. Possesses elite body control. As a receiver, locates ball quickly, has strong hands and is reliable. Ran 60 meters in 6.58 seconds at prep baseball report combine in 2018. Elusive with first defender after catch. Gets off line of scrimmage quickly. Tough to press because of strength. Does not waste time getting up field after catch. Has next gear to separate from safeties after catch. Knows how to set up routes. Has to work on using length to high-point 50-50 balls. Continue developing route running and be sharper into and out of breaks. Sometimes allows ball to get into body when making catch over the middle. Multi-year starter at Top 15 program. Day 3 NFL draft potential.
White becomes the second receiver in the recruiting class, joining Liam Clifford (also technically classified as an athlete). He is the 12th commit overall for the class, which now ranks 11th nationally, and fourth in the Big Ten.