Former University School quarterback Mike White, pictured during the 2012 Class 3A state championship game against Madison County, was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. (Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel)
For the second NFL draft in three years, a Broward County quarterback to go through Western Kentucky was selected.
Former University School signal caller Mike White was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round with pick No. 171 on Saturday.
He follows in the footsteps of former North Broward Prep standout QB Brandon Doughty, who also went through WKU and was selected by the Miami Dolphins in 2016.
White, who was the eighth quarterback taken and will be behind starter Dak Prescott in Dallas, was the championship-winning quarterback for the Suns (they now go by the Sharks) in 2012 as they came away with the Class 3A title.
“Although blessed with the innate athletic talent, he’s a product of great parenting with love and outstanding family support,” said former University School coach Roger Harriott, who now leads St. Thomas Aquinas and was even White’s elementary school physical education teacher. “To witness his growth from youth to adult and running around the P.E. court to being drafted into the NFL is God’s grace at work.
“This next chapter of his story will be even better. Stay tuned.”
He transferred to the Hilltoppers from USF and started after Doughty left the program. In 2016, White threw for 4,363 yards, 37 touchdowns to seven interceptions and completed 67.3 percent of his passes.
Last fall, he had a 65.7 completion percentage, 4,177 yards and 26 touchdowns to eight interceptions dealing with troubles in pass protection.
With a baseball background as a pitcher who threw a fastball in the 90s (mph), White is scouted as a pocket passer who possesses plus arm strength.
White’s teammate at U-School, cornerback Quincy Wilson out of Florida, was drafted in the second round last year by the Indianapolis Colts.