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West Virginia RB Jahiem White Named 247Sports ‘Next Wave of Superstars’

Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Daniel Grzesiak (9) completes a tackle of West Virginia Mountaineers running back Jahiem White (22) in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the West Virginia Mountaineers, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va.

Stardom in college football is fleeting, and perhaps even more so now than it ever has been. Up until about a decade ago, college football fans were almost guaranteed three years of their team’s star quarterback or running back.

Now, in the age of the transfer portal, early draft declarations, and bowl game opt-outs, you’re lucky to get anything more than a season with star players, as there’s a more than fair chance that he’ll be on another campus playing out his final year of eligibility.

So, college football star players come and go quickly, but we still can’t wait to project who the next wave of studs will be every offseason.

 

247Sports’ Chris Hummer did just that on Thursday, releasing a list of 16 players set to emerge in the 2024 season.

Among the list of 16 players set to break out as certified stars in 2024 is West Virginia running back Jahiem White, who Hummer says might be the most exciting skill player the Mountaineers have had since Tavon Austin.

White seemed to do something spectacular every time he touched the ball last year,” Hummer writes.
He finished the season as a True Freshman All-American, averaging 7.7 yards per carry and 25 yards per while posting 967 all-purpose yards. He did all of that despite only garnering double-digit touches in four contests.

 

White isn’t a big back at 5-foot-7. But he still averaged 3.72 yards after contact, forcing 43 missed tackles on just 161 total touches. White has outstanding short-area quickness to go with impressive long speed, a combination that makes him difficult to corral in the open field.

There’s an argument to be made that White is the most exciting skill player in Morgantown since Tavon Austin. He’s got that kind of juice.

Despite CJ Donaldson coming into the season as the unquestioned leader in the backfield, it was White who emerged as the home run hitter down the stretch, leading the team in rushing yards despite having 62 fewer carries than Donaldson and even 11 fewer carries than Garrett Greene.

Heading into 2024, it appears White will play a major role in the Mountaineers offense as they try to build on a 9-4 campaign this past season.

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