West Virginia football is quickly becoming a family affair after the latest National Signing Day wrapped up Wednesday.
With a composite recruiting class ranking in the upper-30s by recruiting outlets Scout, Rivals and 247 Sports, a last name stood out among the 21 new signees for 2015 that should be familiar to West Virginia fans over the past two seasons.
Ka’Raun White, the younger brother of All-American receiver and future first round draft pick Kevin White, signed with the Mountaineers Wednesday after completing one season at Lackawanna College in Northeastern Pennsylvania where his brother spent two seasons before coming to Morgantown. In his only season for Lackawanna, Ka’Raun finished with 42 catches for 522 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons finished 5-5 for the second time in three seasons.
In 2012, Kevin did a shade better than his brother with 36 catches for 535 yards and six touchdowns for Lackawanna before transferring to West Virginia.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen spoke on Ka’Raun during his media conference Wednesday on how he’ll find himself in Gold and Blue next season after an abbreviated recruitment by receivers coach Lonnie Galloway.
“Ka’Raun White is going to be a familiar face,” Holgorsen said. “He wasn’t really on our radar until December, because he stepped up in the classroom and will be able to graduate and be here in May. He’s 6’2”, 200 pounds and his tape looks a lot like Kevin’s did at Lackawanna. We’re thrilled to get him on campus.”
With Ka’Raun’s move completed from Lackawanna to West Virginia, big brother Kevin congratulated his younger brother on becoming a Mountaineer on Instagram:
Entering West Virginia with three seasons of eligibility, Ka’Raun has the potential to be as just a dangerous receiver with a similar build and intangibles on the football field like his older brother showcased as a Mountaineer.
In his freshman season highlights seen above, Ka’Raun, like Kevin before him, can take a short pass and turn into a game-changing play with his ability to avoid and break defender’s tackles on his way down the field. He also can be a headache for defensive backs with his size to create some separation to pull in a deep pass from whoever gets the starting quarterback job in 2015.
Ka’Raun’s size also could help extend West Virginia drives with opposing defenders getting called for pass interference like Kevin did in many Big 12 Conference games this past season.
Unlike his older brother, Ka’Raun is likely not to be the main option at receiver, but fit more into the role as a second option like Mario Alford last season after the addition of three-star recruit Gary Jennings and four-star recruit Jovon Durante. The attention toward Jennings and Durante would give Ka’Raun better chances to make a play in the passing game as defenses will focus more attention to other receivers.
It’s tough to predict on how good Ka’Raun can be for West Virginia in the coming seasons, but one thing is for sure, Kevin’s No. 11 jersey could be in safe hands after leaving some impressive footsteps for his brother to outdo with the Mountaineers.