By Phil Anastasia
Millville senior defensive tackle Antoine White plans to graduate in December and enroll at Penn State in January.
White, one of the state's top defensive linemen, has met with the guidance department at Millville and confirmed that he can earn his degree in December -- although he hopes to return in the spring to attend senior events such as the prom and walk at graduation with his classmates.
White believes enrolling at Penn State in January will give him a jump on education as well as his athletic career.
"I'll be six months ahead with my academics," White said. "I'll be lifting (weights) for six months in a Penn State program. I'll be there for spring (football in 2014).
"I really think it can slingshot me forward to pursue my dream."
White committed to Penn State after considering offers from around 20 programs, including Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Duke, Pitt, Maryland and Rutgers.
White said he was initially was hesitant about Penn State because of the NCAA sanctions against the Nittany Lions.
"In the beginning, they did (concern him)," White said of the sanctions. "But really, we're still going to play 12 games against great competition in the Big 10. That's plenty of exposure.
"If I red-shirt my freshman year, we'll be bowl eligible for all four years that I play. If I play right away, we're be bowl eligible for my sophomore, junior and senior years. That's one game (missed) out of four years."
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound White is a leader of a Millville team that looms as a serious contender in the Cape Atlantic League's American Division as well as South Jersey Group 5.
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