Ohio State Overview: Brendon White enters his junior season coming off a breakout performance over the final five games of the 2018 campaign for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions … White was thrust into action during the first half of Ohio State’s game vs. Nebraska and went on to register a game- and career-high 13 tackles … had five or more tackles in each of Ohio State’s final five games and finished with 46 tackles on the season along with four tackles-for-loss, two pass break-ups and an interception … earned Defensive Most Valuable Player honors with eight tackles, two tackles-for-loss and an interception on a two-point conversion pass vs. Washington in the Rose Bowl … when he started the 2019 Rose Bowl game, White and his father, William (1985), became just the second father-son duo to start in the game, joining Howard “Hopalong” Cassidy (1955) and Craig (1976) … had a fourth-quarter interception vs. No. 4 Michigan that he returned for 49 yards to go along with five tackles … played in five games in 2017 as a true freshman while seeing time at both wide receiver and in the secondary … was one of nine from the 2017 recruiting class to graduate from high school early and enroll in classes at Ohio State in January … is majoring in sport industry.
More on Brendon: White was a multi-position star for coach Steve Hale at Olentangy Liberty … a consensus 4-star recruit, White was rated the No. 2 athlete in the class by Rivals and the No. 3 athlete by 247Sports … Rivals also ranked him the No. 2 player in Ohio and the No. 91 player nationally … moved to quarterback in 2016 after being named a first-team Associated Press all-state defensive back in 2015 … helped Liberty (13-1) win its first regional championship in 2016 and advance to the Ohio Division I state semifinals for the first time in school history … scored five touchdowns – four of them off receptions – in a regional semifinal win over Medina … named area offensive player of the year in 2016 with 799 passing yards and 11 scores, 842 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, plus had 22 receptions and four more touchdowns … Associated Press all-state season as a junior in 2015 featured six interceptions on defense, catching 26 passes as a receiver and accumulating 11 touchdowns and nearly 1,200 all-purpose yards … is the son of Nikol and William White … father was a 1987 Ohio State captain and an all-Big Ten defensive back who went on to have an 11-year career in the NFL playing for the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons.