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White signs with Northeastern State Oklahoma

Haley Williams, Managing Editor

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Current Lufkin Panther, LaVonte White is looking forward to becoming a Riverhawk.

“I’m signing with Northeastern State Oklahoma,” White said. ““I’m really excited to be playing football at a collegiate level. I’m going to be a Riverhawk.”

Though White had many schools looking at him, he chose North Eastern because he said it reminds him of his home.

“I had a variety of people looking at me. I went to the LSU camp, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, Louisiana and SFA,” White said. “I feel at home because it’s a small community like Lufkin. That’s part of the reason I chose North Eastern.”

When White went to visit the campus, he was able to tour the campus and meet some of the other players.

“I play corner,” White said. “So, I met one of the corners and one of the defensive ends. I met the starting quarterback. His name is Terence Newman. He was a really cool dude. He was my host.”

While touring the campus, White said he learned some of the school’s history.

“The campus is beautiful,” White said. “It’s based on an Indian Ritual. In the middle of the campus is a statue of an Indian. It’s basically like home really.”

White’s plan for college doesn’t just consist of playing football and hoping to make it pro.

“They are in the top 10 percent I want to major in,” White said. “I want to major in

visual arts and minor in graphic design. I want to work with Microsoft and do all the components with VE and stuff like that.”

White’s goals throughout college consist of the regular being successful and giving back to his family.

“I want to be successful and be able to give back to my mom,” White said. “My mom is like my mother and my father; she plays both roles.”

White said his mom has pushed him to work hard throughout his life.

“She’s my biggest fan,” White said. “It’s going to be really hard to be so far away from her. It’s overwhelming, but you have to grind some way, some how. I’m looking forward to finally taking that step into the world on my own.”

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