White Obituary. ", So thankful for the sacrifices that you made for me, you always went without so I could have the nicest things, this is a appreciation gift, It do not amount to all the things you have done for me but you do deserve it, Enjoy and I love you with everything in me ♥️🙏🏾🤠 pic.twitter.com/rYouIO29Ch. He added 286 tackles, 8.5 sacks, nine interceptions at LSU. You see all this ability, and you want him to do everything right, right now. 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White played both running back and linebacker at North Webster, and the stories of his high school games often sound like fiction. Tyrone White Sr., 59, was killed in an accident involving two vehicles around 1 p.m. Sunday in Cooper City, Florida, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. ... White's teammate Devin McCourty ran to … In White's interview, he said his mother drove her old car from their home in Cotton Valley to every game he played in college. Sending love to the White family. Over the next two years White dominated the little-league fields of northern Louisiana — scoring so many touchdowns as a running back, Shaw said, that they had to carry around his birth certificate to prove White was only 10 years old. White said he watched the seven-minute video twice before immediately calling up the owner and purchasing Daisy Mae with what he'd saved from leftover scholarship money and bowl stipends. The mare dipped her dark head into the palm of White’s hand — the same hand that tears footballs free from running backs and flings quarterbacks effortlessly to the ground. He turned out to be better than anybody’d imagined.”. Even now, White said he sometimes rides Daisy Mae bareback beyond the picket fences, along the bike lanes of Highway 327, where people will stop their cars and take pictures. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Devin J. Devin White gifts his mom a new car; Former LSU linebacker reflects on draft decision, future, BY BROOKS KUBENA | bkubena@theadvocate.com. White watched Clemson rout Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff national championship, and he feels like "LSU is right there" to compete with the Tide. Fast forward 21 years later, and Devin is knocking on the UFC’s official top 15. "His biggest pitch to me was, D, if you were a second-round pick, I'd tell you to come back and improve your draft stock," White said. What's the key issue? But he was twice as good as we’d heard, and he was good to begin with. But he seems like a grounded guy and hopefully will manage his money well. Ensminger, used to such calls, invited White to LSU’s football camp to see for himself. Devin White amassed 5,000 rushing yards and 81 touchdowns in high school. 4 overall prospect. LSU is ranked No. "But you're so high, it's hard to tell you to come back because you're so high. Devin White knelt to feed his mare in the quiet shade of a stable. Devin J. Recruiting reporters were calling from Rivals, 247Sports, Scout, Bleacher Report. “Even myself, I was guilty of treating him like a grown man. View the profiles of people named Devin White. On the first day of fall classes, the LSU football team returned to the practice field Monday for the first time since Ed Orgeron held his sec…. I’m going to Cotton Valley.’ ”. But early indications are that's likely to change in 2019. Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver and LSU linebacker Devin White both own and ride horses, and Oliver said the two have even spent some time trading equine stories this week. “I never had a kid that talented, and I didn’t want him to miss out.”. It’s an inspiration White said he wants to pay forward. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White was the team’s first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, going fifth overall, and for good reason. Commenting on his new training regime with his dad, Devin said: "I mean, I had YouTubed players doing this sort of stuff. Devin White was the SEC leader in total tackles and was the fastest linebacker at the NFL Combine. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Wood said that when she told some summer-camp kids who Daisy Mae’s owner was, they grew excited and “started reciting all his stats.”, Some of the kids, Wood said, even messaged White on Instagram, saying “I fed your horse!”. LSU linebacker Devin White, Friday, August 17, 2018, at BREC's Farr Park in Baton Rouge, La. White was a resident of Illinois at the time of passing. 40 jersey twice. Branch remembers White being “very aware and measured” during interviews, and Houston said White skipped playing outside with his friends to “talk like an adult” with Houston and his wife, Naomi. White and preseason All-American cornerback Greedy Williams both have one. White is the centerpiece of LSU’s new blitz-heavy defense under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, and after leading the NCAA in tackles in 2017, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound junior is expected to establish himself as one of the best linebackers in program history before taking the fast track to the NFL. With mom and dad by his side, Devin chose Kentucky in the blue chip recruiting class that also included current NBA players Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis. The mare brings peace to a country-born linebacker chasing greatness, and, on the first weekend of July, White decided he must have her. Other questions:subscriberservices@theadvocate.com. For now, they’re handing out custom mouthpieces that have the word “Believe” printed on the front, promoting the foundation. Another Devin White? “I told him, ‘Look, we’ve got this kid here,’ ” Ware recalled. Me and Devin White are great matchups with running backs or faster guys that a lot of these bigger linebackers, 6' 2" or 6' 3", 250 pounds, can’t … "So, that's why it was such a special moment, because of the type of person my mother is and how it was just so grateful for me to do something for her. We lost people who moved away.”. Afterward, White walked with Houston around the Mall of Louisiana — a 14-year-old with a scholarship offer to LSU. White, who is the father of NFL running back James White of the New England Patriots, was pronounced dead on the scene. ", It has been nearly a month since White declared he would be foregoing his senior year for the NFL draft, where many projections have him pegged as a top 10 selection. “Who knows? You can listen to the full interview here. LSU's Devin White, once a small-town Louisiana athlete, now chasing greatness, BY BROOKS KUBENA | bkubena@theadvocate.com, Rabalais: Go short or long term? Kinda like, 'It don't matter where I get picked. LSU didn't have a player selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ware said White had “arms that were bigger than my legs” and that White ran the ball at least 70 times as a freshman running back, while also recording 110 tackles as the team’s starting linebacker. When news leaked that Miles had visited Ware in his North Webster office, Ware said people would become mad at him because he didn’t tell them that the famous coach was there. Early Sunday afternoon, Devin White gifted his mother a new car. In the stock market of LSU football expectations, the question is whether to go short or bet on the long-term investment. Her father was a native of Nogales; her mother was from Alabama. Devin’s parents met during the 1995-96 season of the Grand Rapids Mackers, a minor … "I know they will. “ ‘He’s phenomenal. Within 10 minutes, Houston said, White’s phone rang 15 times. "She always put herself last and always put us first and made sure we had the nicest things," said White, who was the first LSU linebacker to win the Butkus Award for nation's top linebacker. Devin White always has been a horse guy. “When I turn on that road, it’s like ‘Up, I’m going to Springhill. Last season, according to Forbes, every player selected in the top 10 received a total contract valued at least $17 million and received signing bonuses of at least $11 million.Â, White repeated that the choice to leave LSU "was very difficult." “But knowing I had her in the back of the truck, I really couldn’t complain.”. High school career. White played varsity as a freshman at the newly consolidated North Webster High, which had just hired a new head football coach, John Ware, from North Caddo. But in the summer of 2009, Shaw was approached by a persistent little-league coach, Shaun Houston, who had seen White “put half his forearm” over the rim at a recent open gym and desperately wanted him to join his new football team. ... Pat Sajak and a 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant traded the goofiest dad jokes about fencing. Houston remembers pulling White aside after the funeral and saying, “I’ll make sure that you and all your younger sisters and brothers are always taken care of.”. He was still a kid.”. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Bush in the first round (10th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.His father, Devin Bush, was also a first round (26th overall) pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. But at the end of the day, I had to make a business decision.". You have permission to edit this article. Houston became White’s confidante, his recruiting trip companion, his surrogate father. He mentioned that he has already received multiple endorsement deals. Strengths. Breakout star? And next year, you can only go down, that's how high you are. Houston took White to the camp, where he said White ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash. When White checked his mare into Farr Park, the manager, Melissa Wood, said she didn’t know who he was. At times, it was too much of a phenomenon for a small town to handle. He attended Moss Point High School in Moss Point, Mississippi and played in the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game, before spending one season playing college basketball for the University of Kentucky. Share this article 146 shares share tweet text email link Colin Liotta. Out of all my years in coaching, I’ve never had a (Division-I) player like this here.’ ”. The video is still near the top of White's twitter account, and a caption says the car doesn't "amount to all the things you have done for me but you do deserve it. White’s mother and father had both earned basketball scholarships, and he had his mind set on following their footsteps. Leonard Fournette is active but really is a break glass emergency guy. ... while father/trainer Bill Haney took it in, from another location. I still went back and forth. Linebackers, particularly inside linebackers, hardly ever reach that speed. ", "The first thing I wanted to do, I wanted to get my mom a car," White said in a Monday morning interview on "Off the Bench" on 104.5 ESPN.Â. There was a problem saving your notification. The shirt read, "Shoot Hoops, Not People." No, White had always been too big for even one of Louisiana’s smallest cities to hide. So when White asked Shaw about the next trail ride, Shaw recalled saying, “Well, me and X-man are going to the football game on Saturday. Devin White may have the Los Vegas Raiders wishing they took him with the fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. His mother is in critical condition. “We heard how good he was when he was in junior high,” said Blanton, who called high school football games on KTKC-FM, 92.9. In White's interview, he said his mother drove her old car from their home in Cotton Valley to every game he played in college. Devin J. Taking stock of LSU football in the era of Ed Orgeron, Who is LSU's leader? Inevitably, White’s anonymity at Farr Park didn’t last long either. ", The on-field activities for the NFL combine begin Friday in Indianapolis, and there will be six LSU football players being evaluated over the …. Houston began sending White inspirational text messages, and even now, White will roll over in the early morning to the buzz of his cell phone. White is training for the NFL combine, which is in Indianapolis from Feb. 26 until March 4, and he predicted he would run a 40-yard dash time in the 4.4 to low-4.5 range. He made his announcement in a video released by the LSU athletic department on Jan. 14, the last day for underclassmen to declare for the draft. Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). White will grin, wearing the same Justin George Strait boots he’s had since high school. Here is Devin J. White’s obituary. Up until 1979, Springhill and the surrounding cities — Shongaloo, Sarepta and Cotton Valley — thrived economically from a paper mill under the International Paper Company. “It really suffered,” said Blanton, who was one of the workers who was laid off. 2018-10-21T02:44:51.000Z. But a major factor came down to the coaching staff, notably defensive coordinator Dave Aranda who broke down the pros and cons. White said there was a point where he even said, "forget the video, I'm going back to school.". Houston was driving the bus, and he said the van flipped five times and threw nearly everyone from the vehicle, including J.J. White said he learned maturity from J.J. — his elder by six years, who accepted his new brother fully when his father, Willie Standokes, married White’s mother, Coesha, when White was 4 years old. Last season, UCF's Shaquem Griffin broke the combine record for linebackers with a 4.38. A few thousand jobs, Springhill mayor Carroll Breaux said, were eliminated. Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight The Associated Press preseason All-Am…. Cotton Valley’s population (980) has decreased 17.6 percent since 2000, and the town’s median household income ($25,995) is nearly half the median income of the state of Louisiana ($45,146). Devin Haney struck a chord with many, but nothing he said is a new play in the game of boxing or life. ” Ware recalled them saying. Houston got his first box in mid-August, and White immediately texted, “Send me one now.”. And all the hype and expectation were cast onto the shoulders of a teenager. Blanton said it was easy to sell radio advertisements for the games on KTKC, and everywhere he went “there were people talking about (the game) who had listened to it on the radio.”, Blake Branch, a former sports editor at the Minden Press-Herald who is now on the North Webster coaching staff, said he always wanted to go to one of White’s games “because I wanted to see what he might do that night.”. LSU linebacker Devin White tends to his horse, Daisy Mae, Friday, August 17, 2018, at BREC's Farr Park in Baton Rouge, La. Over the next three seasons, TV trucks, college scout caravans and curious out-of-towners followed the lumber trucks down Main Street to see the phenom on Friday nights. “He looked like a grown man, but he had not fully matured,” Ware said. One vehicle was discovered… Devin White couldn't hold back tears after his LB-best 40 time at the NFL combine. There was immense weight, Houston said, for White to rise from a lost and broken town. In 1974, the Baltimore Colts drafted Cotton Valley High School graduate Roger Carr No. 7 overall pick. Ware said he called Steve Ensminger, who was LSU’s tight end coach at the time and recruited the area. White said he still writes J.J.’s name on his cleats. Devin White recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds Sunday, the fastest mark in his position group. 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