By Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel
5:53 PM EST, December 8, 2012
About 20 minutes after he a walked off the field as a state champion, Fort Lauderdale University school quarterback Michael White was offered a scholarship by USF, and the 6-foot-5, 200-pound White didn’t waste much time in accepting.
“Feels good, feels like a dream. … Winning the state championship and then committing to college 20 minutes later,” White said after he and his Suns teammates had rallied from a 17-0 deficit to defeat defending state champion Madison County 24-17 for the Class 3A state crown at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
It’s an impressive get for new USF Coach Willie Taggart, who had not even been in the position officially for two hours when White made his commitment. Taggart’s hiring was announced Saturday at a 4 p.m. press conference. He comes over after being head coach at Western Kentucky, where he led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record this season and their first FBS bowl selection. Western plays Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.
White said he was already being pursued by USF with his main contact from the Bulls staff being running backs coach Larry Scott.
“I had been previously talking with Coach Scott so they were already recruiting me before Coach Holtz was fired,” White said. “As soon as they hired coach Taggart, Coach Scott showed him my film and they offered. I took a couple of minutes to talk with my family and my coaches and I decided to commit.”
He talked coming off the field at the Citrus Bowl about how he was taking a visit to Marshall in the near future and that USF was in the picture, but he was not sure since Holtz had been fired.
Now he's sure.
The news comes as a breath of fresh air for the Bulls, who had been losing commitments quite frequently during a season that saw USF win just three games. Smith gives USF 13
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