TEMPE, Ariz. – Boom.
Arizona State picked up a major new recruit on Friday, when quarterback Brady White announced his verbal commitment to the Sun Devils. White, a consensus 4-star prospect among the four major recruiting services, chose ASU over his other finalists Cal and Oregon. Among the other 16 offers White had were Nebraska, Penn State, Arizona, and Tennessee.
Officially a Sun Devil���� pic.twitter.com/0d6WCTguEc— B〽️W#✌️ (@BradyWhite223) May 3, 2014
A hint about White's decision came Friday morning when Cal made an offer to four-star quarterback Travis Waller.
White is also a consensus top 10 pick among the nation’s pro-style quarterback recruits. He is listed by Rivals as the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback prospect, while 247 has him fourth, ESPN sixth and Scout has him ninth.
Should he follow through and sign his Letter of Intent in February, White will be the highest rated Sun Devil quarterback since internet scouting rankings began in the early 2000s.
Last season at Hart High School in Newhall, Calif., White completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 4,535 yards with 41 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder also ran for 320 yards and nine more scores.
White's commitment helps to restock the program's quarterback depth chart, with current starter Taylor Kelly entering his senior year, backup Mike Bercovici a redshirt junior, and the offseason transfer of Michael Eubank.
He becomes the second quarterback commit for the Sun Devils in 2015. ASU secured a verbal commitment from local standout Bryce Perkins of Chandler High School last month. A top-level athlete, Perkins will begin at quarterback, but could see a position change to take advantage of his athleticism.
ASU also brought in two highly-regarded quarterbacks in this year's class. Manny Wilkins is a four-star prospect out of Novato, Calif. who impressed coaches and fans alike with his outstanding intangibles and leadership qualities. Coltin Gerhart was initially committed as a safety, but a strong senior season at Vista Murrieta High School in California secured his position at quarterback for the Sun Devils.
White's commitment could have a major impact on another ASU target in the 2015 class, who also happens to be White's current favorite target.
Hart High School teammate wide receiver Trent Irwin White is a four-star prospect who visited ASU last month. The 6-foot-2, 180- pound Irwin caught 76 passes for 1,456 yards and 19 touchdowns from White last season. Rivals has Irwin as the nation's No. 8 wide receiver in 2015.
White represents the Sun Devils' sixth verbal commitment of the 2015 class.
His future coaches were quite happy:
Boom!! Great day to be a Sun Devil! #SunDevilBrotherhood— Todd Graham (@CoachGrahamASU) May 2, 2014
Future teammate and fellow quarterback Wilkins also sent out an immediate welcome:
Wanna welcome @BradyWhite223 to the brotherhood proud to have you on board brother. Much love!!!— El Cinco 5⃣ (@Manny_Wilkins11) May 2, 2014