Josh White, a three-star quarterback from George Walton Comprehensive High School (Georgia), is a football junkie.
Each game day, his routine is the same: wake up, eat breakfast, then, after getting to school, he meets with his offensive coordinator to go over plays before going to his classes. After school, he meets with his quarterback’s coach to go over plays one last time. From there, White has the pregame meal, where he makes sure all of his teammates are focusing on the game. Next comes warm ups.
“I don’t want the ball to touch the ground before the game,” White said. “If I warm up great, I play great. Its automatic, its scientific.”
Then, before the game, White leads his team in a prayer before going out for the coin toss. He always chooses heads and, most of the time, he wins, he said.
This dedication to his craft is part of what makes White’s self-described ‘best quality’ so special. That quality, his mind, allows him to excel at the quarterback position.
“I’m great in the classroom of football, I love the game, I love making defenses work,” he said. “Without knowing the game, without knowing what I’m doing, I can’t play quarterback.”
What really makes White happy is frustrating opposing defensive coordinators to the point that they are “red in the face,” he added.
In addition to his knowledge of the game, another trait that makes White a leader in the locker room is his personality. White calls himself a “people person” and said that this trait allows him to relate to his teammates, earn their respect and create an environment where the team fights for one another.
“I need people to go the extra mile for me because I’m going to go the extra mile for them,” he continued.
Physically, at 6-foot-5-inches and 230 lbs., White likens his game to that of Cam Newton. They both can make plays on the ground but are also able to beat the defense throwing the ball, he continued. White also called Newton a role model for him.
According to White, his biggest weakness is his footwork; however, he is working every day to improve it. Last season he had “slow feet,” but he has improved since then and shaved .2-seconds off of his 40-yard dash time, he added.
“I’ve been doing everything I can to get better and better,” White said.
White currently holds two scholarship offers, from Mississippi State and Georgia Southern, and expects more to come this summer as he makes his rounds at camps. White said that he will not rush his decision and wants to be sure that he is going to the right school for him.
“I don’t want to be that transfer guy,” he said. “I’m going to take my time and make sure wherever I go is going to be the right school for me.”
According to White, the “right school” for him will be a place where everyone has each other’s back and the team is a “family.” Outside of athletics, White said that he plans to study business or marketing, because he feels that the same people skills that make him successful as a leader on the field will help him with these careers later in life.
Going into next season, White says that his goal is to grow as a leader, person and player every day. After his team lost half of their wins due to a violation, they are poised to rebound and be successful this year, he added. This season, White hopes to win a state championship, have the best season possible and make his community proud.
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