White played a hybrid safety/linebacker role sometimes called the Spur. He spent his first two seasons at Lackawanna College before transferring to West Virginia. In 2016, he had 58 tackles (seven for loss), three sacks, five pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles. In 2017, he had 94 tackles (7.5 for loss), three interceptions, four pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles, which helped earn him second-team All-Big 12 honors.
Lance Zierlein projects him as a third or fourth round pick, raising some questions about his athleticism. He describes him as a guy who’s “nothing special as an athlete,” but sees his competitiveness and play-demeanor earning him a starting job.
The 49ers need safety depth, and with Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt both due to hit free agency after this coming season, the team needs to be prepared. And even if the 49ers extend Tartt, having a versatile money backer type of player would be helpful for this defense. White could bring something like that if they don’t want to invest in a Minkah Fitzpatrick earlier in the first round.