Driving across West Texas gives a man a lot of time to think.
Truthfully, though, Hakeem White had his mind made up as soon as he hit the on-ramp.
The Midway offensive lineman, one of the area’s top prospects in the Class of 2018, paid a visit to Texas Tech on Thursday, and it proved to be a life-changing trip. White announced his commitment to the Red Raiders later that evening.
“When I went down there yesterday, they really made me feel like I was at home,” White told Rivals.com. “Everything was laid out and planned. I told the coaches two days before, and when I got there everything was in order. It just felt good.”
White (6-3, 285) earned first-team Super Centex honors for the Panthers last year. He demonstrated elite ability as both a pass blocker and a hole-clearing bulldozer for Midway’s running backs.
He chose Texas Tech over a number of suitors, including Kansas State, Missouri, Houston, Texas State, UT-San Antonio, North Texas, New Mexico and Colorado State.
Midway second-year head coach Jeff Hulme has witnessed several of his athletes get a chance to move on to the college level in his short time in Waco. It never gets old for Hulme.
“It’s always exciting to see,” Hulme said. “Texas Tech is going to be a great fit for (White), he’s going to love it out there.”
White joins quarterback Tanner Mordecai and defensive tackle Jaxon Player as incoming Midway seniors who have already made their college pledges known. Mordecai committed to Oklahoma in June, while Player followed up with a commitment to Tulsa two weeks later. Another Midway player who should have a chance to play Division I football is offensive tackle Kaitori Leveston, who has offers from the likes of Texas Tech, Arizona State, Houston and Missouri.