Ducks: Enai White, nation's No. 1 DE, names Oregon inside top-8 originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks received some promising news Tuesday afternoon.
Enai White, a 5-star defensive end in the 2022 class, named the Ducks as one of his final eight teams still under consideration.
The 6'5", 230-pound edge rusher named Oregon along with Clemson, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Georgia and Miami. The Ducks were the lone representaive west of Texas for the Philadelphia native.
"Coach Joe (Salave'a) is my guy," he told Rivals National Recruiting Analyst Adam Friedman. "We talk everyday and he motivates me on a different level. He makes sure I'm motivated. He's been really consistent with me and if I go there I know I'll get coached up really well."
White additionally said he will take official visits this summer with Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State while taking unofficial visits to Clemson, Oregon, Miami and Texas A&M. He said he's saving his final official visit for after he has seen every school.
White also said he wants to make a decision ahead of his senior season but if he's "not feeling 100-percent on a school" he may wait.
He eliminated LSU, Tennessee, USC, Ole Miss, Penn State, and Oklahoma from his top-13 in November.
247Sports evaluators rank White as the nation's top defensive end and No. 6 overall propsect regardless of position while his composite ranking is No. 2 and No. 39 respectively.
The Ducks offered him in February 2020.
247Sports National Recrutiing Analyst Brian Dohn projects White as a future NFL first-round draft pick with a player comparison to Jason Pierre-Paul.
"Long, wiry frame needs to fill out. Can easily add 20 pounds," he wrote in 2018. "Strong basketball player. Outside linebacker potential in 3-4 scheme. Athletic and uses length. Gets off quickly at snap. Runs well and chases backside. Can disengage and find ballcarrier. Plays controlled and understands assignments. Ability to drop into coverage. Has to develop ability to play in three-point stance. Needs to work on exploding off change of direction. Strength at point of attack must improve. Multi-year starter at top 20 program. Early-round NFL Draft potential."
In 2019 as a sophomore, White had 29 tackles including six tackes-for-loss and three sacks.