TEMPE, Ariz – All Arizona State University athletes have one thing in common — they are Sun Devils. Three of those football players have another thing, among many, in common. The first year Sun Devils are from the Santa Clarita Valley.
Tim White, an ASU transfer from from College of the Canyons, once played for Hart High School. At COC, he compiled 101 receptions for 1,531 yards and 18 touchdowns in his two seasons.
“I believe I had a great experience in Santa Clarita,” said White. “I had great friends there, had great relationships with my coaches.”
In his two years at Hart, White had 50 receptions for 814 yards and two touchdowns. The redshirt junior wide receiver credits his success, so far, to his mentors and former coaches who helped to shape his craft as a football player and to become what he says is a better a person.
White soon plans to shift his focus to ASU’s track and field team in the triple jump.
Jay Jay Wilson, a freshman from Valencia High School, played at the varsity level for four years. The four-star recruit played both sides of the ball his senior year.
“I was in a good program that prepared me to be here,” Wilson said about the changes from playing at Valencia to playing at ASU.
“It wasn’t a hard transition, but it wasn’t easy.”
Offensively, he had 714 career rushing yards, 2,539 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns. On defense, he had 56 total tackles and two interceptions.
Brady White, a freshman, was a top-10 recruit out of Hart High School. As a three-year starting varsity quarterback, White threw for 10,835 yards and had 101 throwing touchdowns, ultimately contributing 19 touchdowns on the ground.
“Coach Herrington and the staff prepared me well,” White said. “I had a lot of mentors who helped shape me into the man I am today.”
Santa Clarita’s Contributions
In the three games he has played at ASU, White has had 20 receptions for 278 yards and five touchdowns. He also has two rushes for 69 yards.
Wilson has primarily played on special teams. Brady White is currently a backup to Mike Bercovici. He also signals the plays to the offense from the side lines.
Wilson and White’s both recall wins over each other’s team as a favorite moment in high school.
“Winning the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section championship against Valencia, which made it so much better, was the best moment in my high school career,” White said.
Both players also praised each other on their football skills and are glad to be on the same team. They hope their contributions help to elevate Sun Devil football.
– Tyler Rubin is a Cougar News alumnus who currently works with ASU sports in Arizona.
On Twitter as @LAsportsTyler