USC continues offensive line reload with second former Florida player
USC has earned a commitment from former Florida offensive lineman Ethan White.
White announced his verbal pledge to the Trojans on Monday. He’s the second former Gator offensive lineman to transfer to USC this offseason, joining tackle Michael Tarquin. White started all 13 games at left guard for the Gators in 2022, and comes to Los Angeles with what appears to be two years to play.
— Ethan White (@ethanwhite79) January 23, 2023
White signed with the Gators in the Class of 2019 as a bit of a project on the offensive line. The 6-foot-5 Clearwater, Florida native weighed nearly 400 pounds upon arrival. But he worked to shed over 50 pounds before the end of his freshman campaign and played his way onto the field six times and earned a spot start on Nov. 9.
Heading into the 2020 campaign, it looked like he’d move into a full-time starting role until an injury forced him to miss all but four games.
Over the last two seasons, White has started 20 times at left guard for the Gators. He was an AP second-team All-SEC selection in 2022 after starts in all 13 contests. In nearly 400 snaps as a pass-blocker, White didn’t allow a single sack or quarterback hit, per Pro Football Focus. He was one of only 10 qualified SEC offensive linemen who could say that. (Tarquin is another.)
USC has openings at both guard spots this offseason. With the departure of center Brett Neilon, Justin Dedich is sliding over from right guard to man the center spot in 2023. Left guard Andrew Vorhees has also left town.
The Trojans signed a five-man high school class of linemen, and also bring back several players who started at various points throughout the 2022 campaign — tackles Mason Murphy and Courtland Ford, tackle/guard Jonah Monheim, and guard Gino Quinones.
The Trojans also picked up former Washington State tackle Jarrett Kingston from the transfer portal, so offensive line coach Josh Henson will have options to structure the 2023 line that will look to protect for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Caleb Williams. Keeping Williams upright is clearly an emphasis for the coaching staff this offseason, as USC has directed considerable attention to reloading the unit.