MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Even though his oldest brother recently became the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft, Kyzir White claims to be the best athlete in the family.
White isn’t lacking confidence as he preps for his sophomore season at Lackawanna (Pa.) College. The four-star safety plans to enroll at West Virginia next May, becoming the third White brother to sign with the Mountaineers in four seasons.
The All-American numbers posted by Kevin White, not to overlook his 4.5 speed, made him a first-round pick of the Bears in April. Middle brother Ka’Raun White arrived on campus last month to begin competing for a spot at receiver.
Yet Kyzir insisted his recruitment wasn’t about following the family legacy.
“It didn’t have anything to do with my brothers,” he told MetroNews “Sportsline” Thursday night. “I was just going to go to a place that was the best for me.
“And it just so happened that KJ Dillon and Karl Joseph were leaving right when I get there, so it’s a perfect opportunity for me to step in and play right away. That’s definitely the plan—I want to come in and start.”
WVU coaches project Kyzir at the Spur nickel position, affording him the flexibility to edge blitz and cover slot receivers. In the meantime, he’s working on speed drills to help him matchup against Division I playmakers.
“I want to get a little faster,” he said. “At the next level you find a lot of guys in the 4.4 range.”