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Get to Know the Newest Recruit: Jarell White

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The Bearcats were able to grab four-star athlete Jarell White as Luke Fickell’s first big recruit.

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Jarell White, Cincinnati football’s newest recruit, reigns from Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended La Salle High School and became one of the most explosive players in in the area in recent years. White earned the title of four-star athlete in his time as a Lancer and played just about every position imaginable. His strong 5'10”, 200-pound build makes him available to play a lot of positions on the field because although he is on the shorter side, he has a lot of strength and a low center of gravity, which he shows when he is on the field. White used his physical toolset to become an absolute stud in Cincinnati high school football.

White became a star at La Salle High School in the team’s best three-year football run in school history. In White’s time on the Lancers varsity football team, he gained national recognition on both sides of the ball and was a huge reason that La Salle was able to win three-straight Ohio state championships (2014, 2015 and 2016), the first championships in school history. White began his sophomore year as a backup to now Northwestern running back, Jeremy Larkin, but played his way onto the field as a do-it-all type of athlete.

In White's junior and senior seasons, you could find him just about everywhere, doing everything on the football field. He was the starting running back, starting linebacker and even returned punts and kicks from time to time. White was one of, if not the most consistent and trusted player on La Salle duringits historic championship run. White's role is comparable to that of Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers with the running game of Maurice Jones-Drew and the defensive speed and instinct of Myles Jack. I'm not implying that White is an automatic NFL type of talent but there are a lot huge positives that this kid brings to the table.

How Will the Bearcats Use Him?

One of the biggest questions that come along with recruiting a do-it-all type of player is figuring out what kind of role will he play at the next level. Fickell has a lot of options to use with White, but the most likely to me is outside linebacker and running back in certain goal line type packages. Those would be the two positions that first come to my mind, but he is player that can really get it done anywhere on the field.

Getting a hometown guy like White is monumental for the Fickell era Bearcats and his commitment has sparked a couple of local three and four-star athletes to take to Twitter and give a shout out to possibly joining the Bearcats. White's commitment will hopefully usher in one of the best recruiting classes that UC has seen in a very long time.