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Kyzir White West Virginia Strong Safety 6-2, 216, 4.56, #8 Macungie, Pa. Emmaus 3/24/1996
12/26/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Kyzir White West Virginia Sr. Macungie, Pa./Lackawanna College,...White was WVU's second-leading tackler on defense with 81 tackles, including 59 solo stops, had a team-tying three interceptions, a team-leading two forced fumbles, four pass breakups and six tackles for loss.
Just like his older brothers, Kevin and Ka’Raun White, Kyzir White followed in their footsteps from Emmaus High to Lackawanna College to West Virginia. Except instead of staying at wide receiver like his brothers, White elected the defensive side of the ball and developed into an impact safety at the college level.
A two-year starter at West Virginia, White arrived in Morgantown in 2016 and filled the shoes of KJ Dillon at the “Spur” position, a hybrid linebacker/safety role in the Mountaineers 3-3-5 base scheme. He lined up primarily near the line of scrimmage, covering the slot/tight end and leveraging vs. the run.
White is a mean-spirited hunter and displays an understanding of football geometry, making him at-worst a core special teams player. Like most safeties, he is at his best with the play in front of him, but his NFL ceiling will hinge on his development in coverage.
BACKGROUND White was a four-star JUCO recruit and had more options than either of his brothers with programs like USC, Penn State and Nebraska pursuing him hard. However, he decided to stay closer to home and kept the Lackawanna-to-West Virginia pipeline alive, committing to the Mountaineers. White was an ideal fit as the “Spur” defender in the WVU’s 3-3-5 base scheme and started immediately as a junior, posting 58 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and five passes defended in 2016. He started all 13 games as a senior and finished second on the team with 94 tackles and tied for first with three interceptions, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors.
STRENGTHS NFL frame with growth potential and functional length. Aggressively attacks alleys, flying downhill with purpose. Leverages outside runs, shutting down the edges as a run defender. Accurately judges/manipulates space in pursuit. Physically takes on blocks. Maintains his balance to secure open-field tackles. Intense playing demeanor and looks for the jarring hit. Among the team leaders in special teams tackles the past two seasons. Light on his feet to match up with tight ends and backs in coverage. Opportunistic and plays with a “my ball” awareness in his drops. Played a hybrid role in college and was the coaches added extra helpings to his plate. Used often as a blitzer and got better and better in this area. Senior captain and injects energy to the rest of the defense, on and off the field. – Dane Brugler 2/7/2018
WEAKNESSES Has the accelerator and speed of a linebacker, not a safety. Athleticism lacks burst. Play strength doesn’t always match his intentions. Still figuring out how to best utilize his long arms to take on blocks. Inconsistent results when attempting to break down at top speed and tackle in motion. Overaggressive angles and needs to harness his eagerness to make the play. Could use more finesse to his man cover technique. Tight redirection movements vs. speedy targets. Played more of a linebacker role in college and lacks experience as a true safety. – Dane Brugler 2/7/2018
IN OUR VIEW White has competitive make-up that NFL coaches will want to work with, but he has a tweener skill-set with average athletic and physical traits, creating scheme fit questions. His development in coverage will be the key to his NFL trajectory, but at-worst, he will make an impact on special teams.
White, a All-Big 12 second-team selection, was the second-leading tackler on the team with 94 stops, including 7.5 for loss and 66 solo tackles. He also tied for the team lead in interceptions (3), had four pass breakups and led the team with two forced fumbles. White had a career-high 13 tackles against Utah in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl and collected 10 or more tackles in the final three games of the 2017 season. He had a career-high 10 solo tackles against Texas, finished with seven or more tackles in eight games and had at least one tackle for loss in six games.
Started all 12 games in which he played; missing Baylor with hand injury...All-Big 12 Second Team (ESPN.com)...Tied for No. 2 on the team in sacks (3) and third in tackles for loss (7)...Finished with six tackles, including three solos and one tackle for loss and a pass breakup against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl...Notched two solo tackles and had two pass breakups at Iowa State...Had seven tackles with a TFL and a forced fumble against Oklahoma...Had a career-best two sacks for a loss of 11 yards with his first career forced fumble and fumble recovery while adding five tackles at Texas...Had three tackles, all solo, against Kansas...Recorded a pair of tackles at Oklahoma State...Notched four solo tackles against TCU...Led the team with five solo tackles at Texas Tech...Recorded a sack for a loss of eight yards with six total tackles and a pass breakup against Kansas State...Had one tackle for loss with a team-best and career-high nine tackles vs. BYU...Was third on the team with seven tackles, all solo, including a tackle for a loss of two yards while making his first career start vs. Missouri.
2015 Lackawanna College...Helped team to an 8-2 record in 2015...Finished the 2015 season with 37 tackles, two tackles for loss, four breakups, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries...Made 34 tackles in 2014, adding two pass breakups, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception...2015 All-Northeast Football Conference First Team...PrepStar Junior College All-American...No. 19 junior college player according to Rivals...No. 20 on the ESPN JC50...No. 27 junior college prospect according to Scout...No. 1 junior college safety nationally according to ESPN...No. 12 junior college player nationally, No. 1 junior college safety nationally and No. 1 junior college Pennsylvania player according to 247Sports.
2014 Lackawanna College...Played for coach Mark Duda at Lackawanna College...2014 All-Northeast Football Conference Third Team.
Played for Randy Cuthbert as a senior at Emmaus High and Coach Joe Bottiglieri his previous three years.
Birthday is March 24...Son of Kevin and Tammy White...Younger brother of former WVU All-American and Chicago Bears first round NFL Draft pick Kevin White...Brother of current wide receiver Ka'Raun White...One of seven children...Majoring in multidisciplinary studies.
Draft Scout Player News
12/26/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Kyzir White West Virginia Sr. Macungie, Pa./Lackawanna College,...White was WVU's second-leading tackler on defense with 81 tackles, including 59 solo stops, had a team-tying three interceptions, a team-leading two forced fumbles, four pass breakups and six tackles for loss. - West Virginia Football
07/10/17 - 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: S Kyzir White, West Virginia,...White started all 12 games in which he played at West Virginia as a junior in 2016. An All-Big 12 Second Team honoree by ESPN.com, White finished with 58 tackles, including 48 solo stops, seven tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. - West Virginia Football
12/20/16 - 2016 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Kyzir White (DNofY, DB),...The Mountaineers’ offense was ranked No. 12 nationally in total offense, No. 13 in first down offense, No. 18 in rushing offense, No. 24 in passing yards per completion and No. 30 in passing offense. West Virginia finished with a 10-2 mark during the 2016 regular season and will face Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Wednesday, December 28, at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN. - West Virginia Football