Texas A&M New Freshman Expectations: 4-Star DE Enai White

The remainder of Texas A&M’s announced 2022 recruiting class will arrive on campus prior to the start of summer school to participate in the team’s off-season program and prepare for fall camp and the upcoming season. Here’s a summary of each of them and what’s expected of them as newcomers to a team that ranks as one of the top 5 programs in most far-too-early top 25 polls.

Enai white is from Imhotep Charter High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was rated as a four-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite and 47th best prospect nationally (fourth best defensive end overall) in the 2022 recruit class. He was SElected to the 2022 All-American Bowl. As a senior, he had 32 tackles and 13 tackles for loss as Imhotep Charter finished the season 11-2 overall, including a 5-0 mark in conference play and a state championship appearance. Those numbers came after his junior season was cut short due to COVID-19. As a sophomore, he made 29 tackles and six tackles-for-loss as he led his team to an 8-5 record and reached the fourth round of the playoffs. He also played tight end on offense and basketball throughout high school.

White can play either as a standup edge or in a three-point stance. Physically he does look lean at this stage in his development and far from being physically imposing in terms of weight. However, he has a ton of length relative to his 6ft 5 frame and (leading to people projecting him to gain at least 20 pounds more to play on the edge). White can really sink his hips and knees in his stance and get off the ball much lower than opposing defenders. When you combine this with the extension of his long arms, he can create a surprising amount of leverage against opposing defenders. He can throw blockers and play surprisingly well for someone without a lot of mass.

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He has very fast feet when it comes to lateral movements and he can change direction very quickly. As a result, when he gets into position, he can get close to people and use his length to trip them. An attacker must be able to keep a body with him at all times and cannot read or release it very often. He’s also a guy who plays every snap hard and is vocal, so there’s a pretty high disruption factor on his part.

White can win with a good first step and pad level, but he may not be someone who has elite exposure from the line of scrimmage. His biggest problem will be how much more mass and strength he can add to his frame. Everyone is putting a lot of money into this aspect of their development, and if he can deliver via the Aggies stretch and nutrition program, he could be a high-end pass rusher and a better-than-expected run defender. However, it can also take time to build size, adjust to a much higher level of competition, and learn to use your hands effectively against your peers.

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