Sometimes breakups can be rocky, in relationships and in recruiting. But sometimes, they can be flat-out awkward.
The latter is the case for 2020 linebacker prospect Josh White, a top-400 prospect from Cy Creek High School in Houston. White committed to OSU last September over offers from Bama, SMU, Iowa State and others, but reports last week indicated his commitment status was in question.
None of those reports came from national insiders, and White himself did not comment on the matter. So there was reason to believe it may have only been smoke.
Heck, it still might be smoke. But for now, it appears White is gone. In addition to taking down his commitment announcement from last fall and removing any OSU-related pictures or tags on social media, White is no longer listed as a commitment on 247Sports or Rivals. He’s just … back on the market. No comments, no interviews. Really a strange deal.
White’s decommitment reportedly came on Jan. 29 (what a birthday present, smh), just a few days removed from a visit to LSU in Baton Rouge. Since then he has picked up FIU and Arkansas offers, and visited Baylor, too, as he explores new options.
The reason for the breakup remains to be seen, but his LSU trip seems to have shifted his mindset. Whatever the case, OSU is losing out on a soon-to-be four-star prospect at a position of need for 2020, and the staff is going to have to re-calibrate its big board to adjust for the sudden change in heart.