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Seneca’s White signs with Charleston Southern

SENECA — Seneca High School football coach Ron Duncan has coached his fair share of top-flight talent during his coaching career, with current Clemson defensive ends Da’Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp quickly springing to mind.

But for all the honors and attention those two garnered at the high school level, Duncan said he wouldn’t trade away senior defensive tackle Lucas White for either one of them.

“He was the heart and soul of our football team,” Duncan said. “He may be 5’9 or 5’10 or whatever they measure him at, but I don’t care about that. In my eyes, he’s right up there with the best of them. That’s how much he means to me and our program.”

In fact, it’s that kind of endorsement that may have helped White land a roster spot with Charleston Southern in the fall, as the senior signed a letter of intent to join the Buccaneers on Tuesday.

White got plenty of praise from his head coach, as he grabbed Duncan’s attention for being a hard-nosed, tough player in only his first year on the job in Seneca.

“I wrote a letter to the Charleston Southern coach and said he’d be lucky to have him,” Duncan said. “I told him Lucas will play harder than anybody you’ve got on his team, and I meant that 100 percent.”

For White, the opportunity to take his game to the collegiate level is nothing short of a blessing, and he’ll also be reunited with former Seneca teammate Austin Wald when he joins the Buccaneers in the fall.

“I am absolutely thrilled,” White said. “Just getting to play at the next level for anybody is amazing, and Charleston Southern really seems to be a great fit.”

Charleston Southern will be getting a two-time all-region performer in White, who registered 72 tackles and five sacks during his senior season and also recovered a fumble for a touchdown on Senior Night against West-Oak.

But there’s no telling just how special of a senior season White could have had if he hadn’t suffered a broken ankle on the first play from scrimmage against Stephens County (Ga.) in Week 2.

It wasn’t known if White could even rejoin the team following the injury, but after an aggressive rehab regimen with trainer Sean Landes, the senior was able to rejoin the team well ahead of schedule in Week 6.

“I wasn’t supposed to be coming back until the playoffs, but I had an amazing trainer,” White said. “He was unreal and got me in therapy, and he got me back pretty quick.”

That comeback showed the grit that helped define White’s career, as his speedy return to the field grabbed the attention of the entire Seneca program.

“He commanded everyone’s respect in the program, from the managers to me and everybody in between,” Duncan said.

While enjoying his football career with the Buccaneers, White plans on majoring in special education at Charleston Southern, as he has experience in the field through Seneca’s Teacher Cadet program.

In addition to working in the classroom with special education students, White also plans on coaching in the Special Olympics later this month, which only adds to the endorsement his head coach gave the Charleston Southern coaching staff.

“He’s got it all together and he’s the type of kid any program in America would be lucky to have,” Duncan said. “We’re certainly going to miss that part of what he brought to the table.”