By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
NFL Draft Day is the day when dreams come true. Living rooms, basements, and backyard patios are filled with friends and family like a Fourth of July barbecue. Everyone’s eyes are glued to the TV and one person in the room has his cell-phone ringer on high.
It was a bit of a disappointment for former Ridgeview High standout Lawrence White IV. Even though his name wasn’t called that day White drew enough attention from the Super Bowl winning Tampa Bay Bucs and signed a free agent contract with them a few minutes after the draft ended.
The 23 year-old Defensive Back had a solid four-year career at Iowa State. He started in his last 25 games and was selected All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2019 and 2020.
He is a stifling run stopper as he rolled up 206 tackles and three interceptions in his career. In his final season he was 4th on the team with sixty tackles including ten vs. Oklahoma and nine against Kansas State.
In 2020 he helped the Cyclones to a 9-3 record including beating powers Oklahoma and Texas in the same season. There also was a number 9 ranking in the AP final pole and the first BIG-12 Conference title game appearance.
White IV is the son of Aasia Newson and Lawrence White III.
While playing locally he led the Wolfpack to the 2015 Division-ll State Championship playing both quarterback and defensive back. He was also a long jumper in track and field having a leap of 22-9, placing 8th in the CIF State Championships. His personal best of 23-9. That two-way type of athleticism will help him make it at the next level.