Optimism and certainty shaded an otherwise sunny day at the University School. Twenty student athletes decided on their college futures, including star quarterback Sean White, who signed with Auburn. Richard Yeargin and Quincy Wilson signed with Clemson and Florida, respectively, to lead the talented group.
“There were a lot of schools, but when I visited Auburn, I fell in love with it,” said White, who earned MVP in the Under Armour All-America game this January.
“Schools continued to offer me after I committed. This is my dream school and I just can’t wait to get there. I think I can throw the ball as well as anyone in the country and I also have mobility. I can extend plays on my feet and I know coach (Gus) Malzahn will use my strengths in the offense and is going to make me a really good quarterback.”
White said watching the Tigers play in the BCS National Championship strengthened his belief in what recruiters were telling him.
“The National Championship meant a lot because they were coming off a 3-9 season and I had to believe in what the coaches were telling me,” White said. “It came to fruition this year when they went to the championship. They probably don’t have as much talent as they will have in the future so it’s really good. It kind of affirms my commitment when what they tell me comes true.”
Safety Quincy Wilson wowed Suns fans this season with his size and speed and hopes to immediately fill a need with the Gators.
“They lost two big cornerbacks and I’m another big cornerback coming in,” said Wilson, whose father, Chad, played cornerback for the University of Miami from 1992-1994. “I’m ready to play and make an impact at corner. I’m looking forward to getting right to work, to stay on top of my grades and be ready to play.”
Wilson committed on August 12 and insists that there is no household rivalry.
Former football coach Roger Harriott, who now serves as an assistant head coach at FAU, did not attend the ceremony because of his new signing day obligations. Athletic Director Paul Herfurth was proud of his well-rounded class.
“It’s a great tribute to the kids,” Herfurth said. “I’m just thrilled. They put a lot of time and effort and resources into this. They are student athletes not just on the field, but in the classroom.”
Yeargin, who left a little doubt about his decision before taking the stage, sported a zipped up jacket until the last minute. He took the stage and his announcement to head to Clemson brought smiles to the faces of family and friends. Herfurth said he had many great options between Notre Dame, Texas, Clemson and Florida, before choosing Tiger orange.
It says a lot for our program and the coaching. We have good coaches. We are just trying to keep that.