Former UNK RB Rachaad White declares for 2022 NFL Draft

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Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 9:33 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Rachaad White, a redshirt senior running back at Arizona State who played his first season of college football at UNK in 2017, declared for the 2022 NFL Draft on Wednesday.

White prepped at Central High in Kansas City, Missouri before enrolling at UNK as a member of the first recruiting class under head coach Josh Lynn. While White only lasted with the Lopers for one semester, he credited early developmental growth to Lynn and the program.

“Coach Lynn and them, they are great guys,” White told Local4 on Wednesday. “I see that they’re doing successful things. I still look and peep and pay attention. They’re great men, and they were kind of leading me too in the direction of being a man in life, so UNK definitely helped me out. Helped me grow up and understand that in this life, things are not given, you’ve got to go take it.”

White left UNK after redshirting and took a chance on himself by going the junior college route, transferring to Mt. Sac in Walnut, California. While there, White blossomed into a national JUCO prospect and made a swift commitment to play Division I football in the Pac-12 at UCLA.

However, his path would take another turn. White decided that the Bruins were not his best fit and instead signed and enrolled at Arizona State where he just completed his second season as a Sun Devil.

White flourished under the direction of ASU head coach Herm Edwards and earned a nod on the All-Pac-12 Second-Team this season after being the first in the league to rush for over 1,000 yards and compile more than 400 receiving yards. He alone accounted for more than 30 percent of the team’s yards from scrimmage and the Sun Devils went 8-4.

Despite now setting his sights set on the NFL, White still takes time to reflect on the pinpoints that got him to where he is today. And UNK was the start of that journey.

“Honestly, I think about the past all the time and it be chills that come with that,” White said. “That’s just the type of guy I am. I just try to thank God and just understand yes, the past was tough and it was rough and it’s like, ‘What are you going to make out of it?’

“I always tell myself it’s kind of like writing a book,” White said. “Every part of this journey is a chapter, and I’m kind of at the highest point that you can be. And it’s like, ‘What am I going to make out of the ending of this book of my football career?’ All the time you think about that past and where you come from and think about all the hard times. That just helps you out on the field, helps you out in life.”

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