Former Ashland High quarterback Danial White will head north of the border to play football at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
White, who helped the Grizzlies advance to the Class 5A state semifinals as a senior last fall, originally had planned to play for George Fox but changed his mind after Concordia came in with a late offer about a month ago.
The Stingers play Canadian rules football, which has a wider field and longer end zones than American football, and has three downs instead of four. Also, games are 12 versus 12 instead of 11 on 11, and college athletes in Canada receive five years of edibility. The latter difference was key to White, who plans on earning a masters degree.
White had verbally committed to George Fox before Concordia came calling. Initially, he was apprehensive about the possibility, but the Stingers' coaching staff won him over and he signed on June 6.
"At first I didn't really believe them because the guy was like, 'I'm a coach from Concordia — we're a school in Montreal, Canada,'" said White, who passed for 2,042 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior while also rushing for 647 yards and 11 TDs. "Then it kind of seemed surreal, the offers they were giving me. All of a sudden they were so fired up about me and wanted me to come there so bad. It was totally random."
Concordia head coach Mickey Donovan believes White will fit in nicely with the Stingers, who were 0-8-1 last season.
"I'm excited to have Danial coming to Concordia," Donovan said in a story published on the school's website. "He's a very bright student with a GPA of 3.6 coming out of high school. He's definitely coming to Concordia for engineering and what the program has to offer."
White's ability to carve up opposing defenses with both his arm and his legs drew the attention of the Stingers, who play against the likes of Toronto, McGill and Sherbrooke.
"The coaches were saying that (Canadian football) fits right into my way of playing," White said. "With a bigger field, I'll have more options to go through, more progressions. They think I'll be able to blossom in that style of football and play really well."
White has one more game in his home state before moving on to play at the next level. White will join two of his teammates — receiver/kicker Matt Hedges and linebacker Mason Montgomery — next Saturday in the Les Schwab Bowl. The Oregon all-star game that pits the best graduated seniors from the north against the best from the south, is scheduled to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.