Drew White to join NMMI football

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Rattler senior Drew White signed his letter-of-intent for New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell Wednesday night.

Surrounded by his friends and family, at a dinner celebration at the Pow-Wow, White’s father Ben White gave a short speech about Drew’s hard work and determination to come back from surgery and expressed how proud he was of his son’s accomplishment.

Then, with a few strokes of a pen he signed the letter and was now NMMI bound.

White had surgery last summer to correct torn ligaments in his ankle and, then had to undergo a second surgery for a staph infection as well as weeks of physical therapy.

“I am happy that I am going to get to play football again,” said White. “When I had my surgery I missed half of my senior year of football and did not think I was going to get the chance to play again. I’m a little worried about adjusting to the cadet life. There is a mandatory study hall for athletes so I know I’ll have help if I need it.”

White is one of 15 players to be approached by NMMI and is currently the only player from a 2A school who was offered a scholarship.

Although White missed the first five games of the 2006 season due to an injury, he played defensive tackle and ended the season with 56 tackles and assists, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 touchdown. White has also been named: All District player in football in his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. “We see a lot of potential in Drew,” said NMMI Coach Jeff Lynn. “I am looking at him as a player who can see playing time right away if he can learn and adjust to our offense.

White, who received a partial scholarship, is expected to be at NMMI no later then Aug. 1 for enrollment.