Ka’Raun White came to West Virginia because of his older brother, Kevin.
However, he wants to make it known that he does not want to live in his brother’s shadow. Kevin White is statistically the best wide receiver to ever play at WVU. He is still beginning his professional career with the Chicago Bears, but he laid the framework for himself by gaining national attention with the Mountaineers.
Ka’Raun White is just not there yet. He played one season, so far, with the Mountaineers and he made the most of his time on the field.
“Last year was over before I knew it,” he said. “I just started really getting the offense when we played in the bowl. Now, I am ready to start the season the way I wanted to last year.”
White appeared in nine games for the Mountaineers and he earned two starts. White had 15 catches for 275 yards and he hopes for a lot more in 2016.
“Just sticking to our routes. Creating separation from the defensive backs. Just sticking to our routes, pumping our arms and getting to the ball and making plays when we get the ball, so just footwork mostly,” White said.
Ka’Raun White didn’t get a chance to play with Kevin at WVU, but he does have the opportunity to share his success with another sibling. Kyzir White is now on the Mountaineers have transferring from Lackawanna College, just like his other two brothers did.
The one difference between Kyzir and Ka’Raun is that Kyzir plays defense. He is listed as a safety in his first season with the WVU football team. Just like Ka’Raun and Kevin, Kyzir was highly touted and also held offers from top programs like Arizona State, Nebraska and Penn State. He was the No. 1 rated junior college safety in the country and he should receive playing time right away.
Ka’Raun White will also see more playing time this year. The Mountaineers are returning their top two receivers from a year ago in Daikiel Shorts and Shelton Gibson. White was No. 7 on the list from a year ago, even behind running backs Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell. His abilities are certainly not unnoticed and he provides great depth at a position which will be highlighted by the Mountaineers this season.
WVU senior quarterback Skyler Howard is forming a better working relationship with all of his receivers and the chemistry between him and White improved as White was on the field more at the end of last season.
The last game for the Mountaineers, the Cactus Bowl win over Arizona State, saw Howard hook up with White for a long pass of 53 yards.
Look for more of that to happen in 2016.
White still has two years of eligibility left. This upcoming season has potential to be his best yet as it is Howard’s final year at West Virginia. Howard is out to prove that he can be one of the best quarterbacks in the country. White and the rest of the receivers can help his cause by being prepared for each game and ready for any situation.