White chooses Millsaps

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 2, 2011

NATCHEZ — Cathedral School senior Semmes White said he always loved football, so getting to play at the next level is a big deal for him.

To make things even better, White was offered chance to continue in his brothers’ footsteps by playing at Millsaps College.

White officially signed with Millsaps Friday morning at Cathedral. Since Millsaps doesn’t offer athletic scholarships, White was given an academic scholarship after tallying a 4.16 GPA in his four years of high school and scoring a 28 on the ACT.

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“Millsaps was always my first choice,” White said. “My oldest brother Cap played there for four years, and my other brother Jeb will be a junior for them this year.”

White said the Millsaps coaches like him at strong safety because of his tackling ability.

“From looking at my film, they said I was a strong tackler, and they need aggressive tacklers (at the position),” White said.

White said he plans on majoring in civil engineering, but since the school doesn’t offer an engineering program, he’ll go on a four-two plan.

“That’s where I’ll major in physics or math (for undergrad) and then go for two years of graduate school in the engineering field I decide,” White said.

With Millsaps being approximately two hours away from Natchez, White said being close to home was an added bonus.

“I had a school in Tennessee talk to me about playing for them, but I never wanted to go far off,” White said. “I wanted to stay in Mississippi as I got older.”