He was not born in The Bahamas but through his Bahamian born mother, Tevin White is connected to The Bahamas. The four-star American running back recently committed to the Arizona State University (ASU) Sun Devils to continue his football career.
He will be completing his high school senior year at the North Stafford High School in North Stafford, Virginia this upcoming season before attending ASU in January. He was in New Providence with his mom, Tanya Bethel-White and caught up with Guardian Sports to discuss his connection to The Bahamas and his football career.
“My mom is the reason why I am part Bahamian,” White said. “She was born here and grew up here with her mom and dad. Her dad was Neville Bethel senior, who just passed away. She has a building with his name on Nassau Street. She brought me down here to show me and to see her family. There are a lot of family and friends that I have never seen before and some I have met before. Since I was down here for this 10-day trip, I have been meeting a lot of new and old faces.”
He is the 20th ranked running back prospect in 247 Sports and in the ESPN Top 300 2022 prospects.
“ASU recruited me in my junior year at the end of the season. It was a little late in my recruiting process compared to my other offers, but ever since, it has been a great relationship. I really love the coaches and I took an official visit in June and I fell in love. I committed on my mom’s birthday which was June 24. Every since then, I have been trying to get ready for my last season of high school as I get ready for college,” White said.
He had 21 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I offers from school like Penn State, University of Georgia, Boston College and Duke University.
“What stood out to me for ASU and made a difference was the coaching staff, like head coach Herm Edwards and running backs coach Shaun Aguano. I believe in what they believe in and I believe they will develop me as a back and a person for the future,” White said.
The 17-year-old is looking to major in data analytics or actuarial science. At 6’ 1” and 210 pounds, he says his speed and power is even.
“I would say that it is a good mix of both. It is not too much one or the other. If I catch the ball on the backfield and it is a one-on-one situation, I’ll make a person miss and score a touchdown because I am that fast. I can also run between the tackles. I am not an easy player to bring down,” White said.
He added, “I am a very versatile running back. I can catch off the backfield, go to receiver, run between tackles and block as well. I am not just a one-dimensional running back.”
As for who he models his game after in the National Football League (NFL), he said former Minnesota Vikings and Washington Football Team running back Adrian Peterson. He describes himself as a slim back with a one cut and go that can catch in the backfield.
White loves The Bahamas and has visited Exuma. He hopes to visit even more islands in the future.
Since joining the varsity team as a freshman, his school has won two regional championships but was unable to do it for a third time this past season.