After a long day of waiting and hoping with his family in Chicago, Myles White was in no hurry to go to sleep.
“If it’s not sleeping,” White said of the city, “I’m not going to sleep. Obviously, I’m excited.”
And for good reason. White, a productive and athletic receiver from Louisiana Tech, on Saturday night agreed to a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers. He shared his excitement with Packer Report shortly after midnight.
“You’re so worried about where you’re going to be and then once you get that call, it’s a relief and you get an instant smile because you know you have another opportunity to compete in the game that you love,” said White, who was in Chicago along with his parents and twin brother, Mitchell, a cornerback from Michigan State who signed with Oakland on Saturday.
Lost in the shadow of star receiver Quinton Patton at Louisiana Tech, White had a solid senior season in his own right. He caught 56 passes for 718 yards and six touchdowns. White (6-1, 182 pounds) grabbed scouts’ attention with a 4.42 clocking in the 40-yard dash and a 37.5-inch vertical at Tech’s pro day.
White said he had offers from the Bills, Falcons, Jets and Giants. He was leaning toward one of the New York teams until the Packers came calling.
“I felt like the fit is better, especially since it’s in my backyard as a Midwest kid,” said White, who grew up about 20 minutes from Detroit in Livonia, Mich. “And then the position at receiver is up for grabs and I want to come in and put my footprint down. (The depth chart) definitely played a factor in things. I feel like I can come in and make an impact, and they feel the same. I’m going to do my best to put on a show and help the team win.”
White started his career at Michigan State. After redshirting in 2008, he caught two passes in 2009. White was part of a big campus fight involving several members of the football team. He was sentenced to probation and community service. Seeking a fresh start, he spent 2010 at Northwest Mississippi Community College before spending his final two seasons at Louisiana Tech.
Mark Tommerdahl, the inside receivers coach at Louisiana Tech before joining Sonny Dykes’ staff at Cal in January, said White didn’t have any issues at Tech.
“The whole organization will be pleased with what they have,” he said.
Providing a scouting report, Tommerdahl said: “He is legit fast to take the top off the coverage. He really made himself into a very good player. You’re only going to get good things from me. Being a Michigan kid, the weather’s not going to bother him one bit. He’ll be thrilled to death to go there. We were really successful and he played a large part in that.”
White is eager to impress, starting with the rookie camp. He said he’ll arrive in Green Bay on May 9, with the three-day camp the next three days.
“I’m a fast guy. I play with an athletic flare, I guess you could say,” he said. “If you throw the ball up, I’m going to fight for it. I play with toughness. I’m usually the smallest guy on the field so I have to be the toughest and I can’t back down from anything. That’s how I approach the game. I like to be a leader with my actions. It’s not someone who talks the talk but who walks the walk, and that’s what I try to do. I’m a guy who loves to compete and loves to win.”
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