Recently, we wrote about Alex Wesley of Northern Colorado, one of the two undrafted free agent wide receivers the New York Giants have high hopes for. Today, let’s turn our attention to the other one. That would be Reggie White Jr. of nearby Monmouth.
Position: Wide receiver
How he got here
In the end, it’s a pretty simple story. The Giants tried harder, they paid more attention to White while he was at Monmouth than any other NFL team did.
“They’ve been the most in contact with me, called me the week before the draft just to check on me, see how things were going. Called me during the draft,” White said. “Coming to practice, things like that. They’ve been around for a minute.”
By the time White worked out for the Giants at their pre-draft local pro day, he knew that if he didn’t get drafted he wanted to be a Giant.
“It felt like home,” White said of his pro day experience in East Rutherford. “Everybody knew who I was when I walked in the building. They just showed that they really wanted me, so when it came down to picking a team the Giants were already at the top of our board. That was the team if I didn’t get drafted, so it all worked out.”
White was lightly (read “barely”) recruited after playing for his dad, former NFL player Reggie White Sr., at Milford Mill High School. Monmouth was the first school to offer him a scholarship, and the only other college to extend an offer was Howard University.
“I was overlooked, I think. I went to public schools, I didn’t go to a big-time school,” White said. “It all worked out. I went to Monmouth and I did big things.”
Yes, he did.
White caught a school record 249 passes at Monmouth for 3,349 yards and 31 touchdowns. In 2017, he set a Monmouth record with 74 receptions. In 2018, White set a school record with 1,133 receiving yards.
Setting receiving records at Monmouth is no small accomplishment. Miles Austin, who spent 10 years in the NFL, played at Monmouth. Chris Hogan, currently with the Carolina Panthers, is entering his eighth NFL season after a career at Monmouth. New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling, entering his fifth NFL season, played at Monmouth. So, too, did tight end Hakeem Valles, who played in 15 games over three seasons and spent time on the Giants’ practice squad in 2018.
White had a pretty good spring. During practices open to media he caught my eye a number of times with nice catches. That work, though, hardly means he can count on making the 53-man roster.
As we said in our look at Wesley, Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, Darius Slayton and probably Corey Coleman should be considered roster locks. Solid cases can be made for veterans Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard. Then, of course Wesley and second-year man Alonzo Russell are around.
White will need a good training camp and preseason to make the roster, or at least the practice squad, and prove that all the time and effort the Giants put into bringing him to East Rutherford was well spent.