Zamir White is now a member of the Bulldogs.
Zamir White is one of the big-name players to sign with UGA during the early period. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
He signed with Georgia on Wednesday and will enroll early in January after taking a trip to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Texas.
White will not participate in that game as he recently had knee surgery. He tore his right ACL in his final high school game in the North Carolina High School League Class 4A playoffs.
His care was overseen by UGA team doctors.
The 5-star running back was identified as the nation’s No. 1 RB for his class in 2015 ― a rare feat. White had held that status despite not participating in the many scouting combines and prospect showcases that almost every other 5-star or nation’s top prospect at his position has to do.
White didn’t attend the prestigious Nike The Opening elite showcase in Oregon over the summer.
He’s still the nation’s No. 1 RB prospect for 2018, and no one really has come close to toppling him from that perch. White was a significant recruiting win for Georgia, thanks to the tireless efforts of running backs coach Dell McGee.
Zamir White has been a huge Georgia target for a long time.(Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
White’s coaches at Scotland County High School in Laurinburg, N.C., practically wanted to give McGee a desk in the fieldhouse because he was there so much. McGee was at Scotland County every day he could, as permitted by NCAA rules.
Key fact to remember: Former UGA running backs coach Thomas Davis told Scotland County coach Richard Bailey in 2015 that White was the highest RB on the board for the program in 2015. That meant White was rated higher than any of the backs on the Bulldogs’ board in the 2016 and 2017 classes.
That’s quite a feat.
What to know about 5-star RB Zamir White
Weight: 225 pounds
Rankings: Nation’s No. 1 RB; nation’s No. 6 overall player
Committed since: June 27, 2017
Why that date: White did so to honor his mother on her birthday
Teams also in the running: Alabama, Ohio State
40 time: Hasn’t been measured of late
100-meter time: 10.5 to 10.6 seconds
Gaudy high school stat No. 1: White finished his senior season with 144 carries for 2,062 yards and 34 touchdowns. That netted an average of 14.3 yards per rushing attempt.
Gaudy high school stat No. 2: Those 2017 totals were amassed in 11 games. White averaged just 14 carries per game in 2017.
Gaudy high school stat No. 3: White’s career totals are as follows: 738 carries for 7,169 yards. That’s an average of 9.7 yards per attempt. He averaged 152 yards per high school game and finished with 127 all-purpose career touchdowns.
Gaudy high school stat No. 4: Credit Scotland County for not running its stallion into the ground. White ran for those 7,169 yards despite averaging only 15.7 carries per game. He scored an average of 2.7 touchdowns per game even with that light work.
Gaudy high school stat No. 5: White scored a touchdown on approximately 23 percent of his carries his senior season at Scotland County.
Bet you didn’t know: White scored a touchdown on both his first carry in the Laurinburg Pop Warner league and on his first carry for the high school varsity team.
Bet you also didn’t know: White even scored a touchdown in a playoff game on a third-and-34 situation in high school.
Now we’re just showing off: White has two horses. He chose to name one of them “Zeus.” That’s the same name that the Scotland County faithful gave him many years ago when he was in middle school. He’s also afraid of possums.
Extra info about 5-star RB Zamir White
White was known to be very reserved. He didn’t say much, but that changed during his senior season. DawgNation noted the speech he gave during his U.S. Army All-America jersey ceremony, and it was clear that he was beginning to come out of his shell.
White is a remarkable athlete. The day he tore his ACL he showed zero ill effects of the injury while signing autographs and taking pictures with Scotland County fans after a playoff win. He signed autographs in near-freezing temperatures as if it were picture day at UGA.
He walked the sidelines at Sanford Stadium the day after the tear with no significant limp, although UGA team doctors noticed the limp. White even went bowling the night before his surgery.
He vows to return to play for the 2018 season.
These things all fall in line with what his Scotland County teammates say about White. He’s a great teammate for starters, but they also say he rarely sweats. When the rest of the team takes a water break during a sweltering summer or fall practice, he usually just takes a knee in the middle of the practice field and waits for them to join him.
Yet if there’s one thing you should read about Zamir White, it would be behind this link. White has overcome incredible adversity in his life to become more than the next Todd Gurley from his home state of North Carolina.