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White transfers to Cincinnati

Bearcat Lair has learned that Butch Jones’ Bearcats have added Patrick White, a transfer from Michigan State, this week after White enrolled for fall classes at the University of Cincinnati.

When contacted on Tuesday night about the impending transfer, White confirmed that he would soon be a Bearcat but asked that BCL not go public with the news until he had actually gotten everything squared away on campus, and we honored that request. But when news broke Thursday morning, BCL again contacted White. He again confirmed he would be a Bearcat and was actually on his way to the campus to get his schedule.

White originally enrolled at Michigan State in January of 2009 but recently decided to leave the Big Ten institution to be closer to his Columbus area home.

“I had a number of family issues,” said White. “It was tough for my family to travel five hours away to see me play.”

Although listed as a wide receiver on the MSU website, White actually played safety and said he was the Spartans’ top nickel back when he decided to leave the squad. As a senior at Pickerington Central, the 5-foot 11, 180 pounder played well enough at both wide receiver and defensive back that recruiting services had him highly rated at both positions.

Possessing reported 4.4 forty speed, White said he is expecting to stay on the defensive side of the football as either a cornerback or safety, but with UC’s depth at cornerback, he is more likely to play safety.

White also had offers from Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Oregon and West Virginia as a senior in high school. The redshirt freshman will be ineligible to play this season but will have three years of eligibility remaining

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