As waves of hopefuls rise up from the fields and bays and valleys of the Pacific NW we scan the landscape finding the best of the best. This 2018 recruiting class from the Pacific NW is a real dandy, deep and talented. 2019 is right behind them and 2020 already has some legit talent with offers. The scene is live and the boys are getting out of here in record numbers.
There are some very deserving athletes who have not landed offers yet but who are turning heads. One of them that really stands out the most for me is Lincoln High School (Tacoma, WA) 2019 linemen Giovanni White. His older brother Quazzel White is headed to TCU after a great recruitment and boy can he play.
Like Quazzel, Giovonni is thick and solid. When you stand next to these boys you understand you are standing next to a true giant. The mass is not made up or puffed up. It is bone and huge proportions that come from the genetics of a powerful family line. Quazzel is 6’5″ and 300 lbs and solid. Giovonni is about 6’3″ pand right now at 285 lbs and there isn’t much on him but muscle. Their calves are like most humans thighs. They have the same sort of size and mobility that many greats that play our game have had.
Giovonni is truly powerful and although he is an excellent Guard or Center he is starting to look the role of a 2 Gap player on defense. He has a great first step and with that hulk-like upper body and longer arms, this kid is a problem. He looks the part of a zero or 1 technique D-linemen but has the skill set and quickness to be a 3 technique guy who will wreak havoc in any backfield.
He has interest from several Pac 12 schools and yet the Big Sky schools and Mountain Wests may be his first shot to gain an offer. Whoever it is going to be will earn great respect from Gio who works as hard as anyone I have seen. Respectful, thoughtful, smart, and legit are all words that describe this kid.
Like his brother, Gio will go on to play college ball. It is not a question of if but when his first offer will drop. Whoever makes that elusive first offer will rise to a special position no doubt as he moves ahead. At the end of the 2019 recruiting cycle, he will be at the top of the linemen group and one to watch for years to come.