SPRINGHILL, La. (KMSS/KTAL) – Lets take you to Springhill, Louisiana. The year is 2015, and one local high school athlete is taking the area by storm.
Suiting up at running back for the North Webster Knights, he rushed for over 5,000 career yards and scored 81 touchdowns. By his senior season, every major college football program in the country came calling for the kid from Springhill. But, he was only interested in one. The premier school in his home state: LSU.
His career at LSU? Prolific may be an understatement.
- 286 tackles
- 28.5 tackles for loss
- Four forced fumbles
- 2018 Dick Butkus Award Winner
At the NFL combine, he would run a 4.42 forty-yard dash, weighing in at 230 pounds. His 39.5 inch vertical jump had NFL scouts salivating. In the 2019 NFL Draft, he would be taken fifth by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It took little time for White to make an impact in the professional game. His rookie season, he notched 91 total tackles and returned two of them for touchdowns.
In 2020, he was even better.
- 140 tackles (6th in NFL)
- 9 sacks (15th in NFL)
- 16 tackles for loss (3rd in NFL)
This kid from Springhill was named to the NFL All-Pro 2nd Team for his efforts. His name is Devin White, and in two short years, he’s become one of the NFL’s premier linebackers. The pride of Springhill, Louisiana, now sits four quarters away from Super Bowl glory.