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Brendon White
2017-2018 Football Profile
#80 - Freshman - Wide Receiver
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Brendon White
Home Town: Powell, Ohio
School: Olentangy Liberty High School
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
Forty Yard: 4.54
Vertical Leap: 34.9
Shuttle Time: 4.09
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4-Star #3 ATH
4-Star #11 ATH
4-Star #2 ATH
4-Star #17 ATH
4-Star #3 ATH
Son of Former Buckeye William White | Already Enrolled | All-State DB as a Junior

The Player
Brendon White is a 6-foot-2 200-pound athlete from the Columbus suburb of Powell, Ohio. As a junior he was an All-State safety, but then moved to quarterback as a senior and was named the area player of the year. Has already enrolled and even practiced with the Buckeyes during bowl prep. He practiced with the linebackers when he first arrived but has since moved to wide receiver. He could stick at receiver, or could also be a very fine fit at the walk-out linebacker spot currently manned by Chris Worley.

The Comparison
Being a Central Ohio defender who also dabbled at quarterback, the immediate comparison is to Darron Lee, who starred on both offense and defense for his New Albany team a few years back. Like White, Lee also had to find his way when he signed with the Buckeyes. Whether White follows in Lee's linebacker footsteps or creates his own at receiver, he has shown himself to be the kind of athlete who could excel on either side of the ball. Another comparison? How about Jermale Hines, who also moved to quarterback as a senior at Glenville and then dabbled between safety and linebacker at Ohio State.

The Fit
As a defender, White is an ideal candidate for the walk-out linebacker position because he has safety speed and coverage abilities and is only going to get bigger and stronger. It initially looked like the Buckeyes brought in a player at each linebacker spot in the 2017 class with Pete Werner, Baron Browning, and White, and maybe they still have, though that third linebacker could possibly end up being Isaiah Pryor. As a receiver, White is a bigger, stronger target, which is something that Ohio State is really going after hard right now in recruiting. The Buckeyes need strong, reliable receivers. If that's White, then he's maybe even a better fit on offense.

The Depth Chart
Looking at the receiver depth chart, there are plenty of open jobs. Zach Smith wants at least six receivers rotating throughout a game and right now the Buckeyes are returning just 61 receptions from eight separate receivers. The lack of plays made last season was unacceptable, so there will be plenty of reps available in practice for a player like White to see if he has the ability to change the Buckeyes' fortunes.

The Future
Given what the Buckeyes have coming back there is no reason for any incoming receiver to redshirt. The Buckeyes need production and since White has already been moved to receiver, there is a plan for him to at least get a good long look.  — Tony Gerdeman

Statistics
2016 - 799 yards passing, 11 TDs; 842 yards rushing, 10 TDs; 22 receptions, 220 yards, 4 TDs
2015 - 6 INTs; 26 receptions, 316 yards, 3 TDs; 1,062 all-purpose yards; 11 TDs

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