Early Sunday afternoon, Devin White gifted his mother a new car.
The former LSU linebacker is still a few months away from the NFL draft, but after signing with an agent and receiving a few marketing deals, White said he realized: "Oh, I got some money now."
"The first thing I wanted to do, I wanted to get my mom a car," White said in a Monday morning interview on "Off the Bench" on 104.5 ESPN.
The video is still near the top of White's twitter account, and a caption says the car doesn't "amount to all the things you have done for me but you do deserve it."
So thankful for the sacrifices that you made for me, you always went without so I could have the nicest things, this is a appreciation gift, It do not amount to all the things you have done for me but you do deserve it, Enjoy and I love you with everything in me ♥️🙏🏾🤠 pic.twitter.com/rYouIO29Ch— DEVIN WHITE 4️⃣0️⃣ (@DevinWhite__40) February 10, 2019
In White's interview, he said his mother drove her old car from their home in Cotton Valley to every game he played in college.
"She always put herself last and always put us first and made sure we had the nicest things," said White, who was the first LSU linebacker to win the Butkus Award for nation's top linebacker. "So, that's why it was such a special moment, because of the type of person my mother is and how it was just so grateful for me to do something for her."
It has been nearly a month since White declared he would be foregoing his senior year for the NFL draft, where many projections have him pegged as a top 10 selection. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has White ranked as his No. 4 overall prospect. Last season, according to Forbes, every player selected in the top 10 received a total contract valued at least $17 million and received signing bonuses of at least $11 million.
White repeated that the choice to leave LSU "was very difficult." He made his announcement in a video released by the LSU athletic department on Jan. 14, the last day for underclassmen to declare for the draft. White said there was a point where he even said, "forget the video, I'm going back to school."
But a major factor came down to the coaching staff, notably defensive coordinator Dave Aranda who broke down the pros and cons.
"His biggest pitch to me was, D, if you were a second-round pick, I'd tell you to come back and improve your draft stock," White said. "But you're so high, it's hard to tell you to come back because you're so high. And next year, you can only go down, that's how high you are. I still went back and forth. Kinda like, 'It don't matter where I get picked. I can get better, and I can be even higher, even though I'm already at the top. I still got more room for my game to grow.' But at the end of the day, I had to make a business decision."
White is training for the NFL combine, which is in Indianapolis from Feb. 26 until March 4, and he predicted he would run a 40-yard dash time in the 4.4 to low-4.5 range. Linebackers, particularly inside linebackers, hardly ever reach that speed. Last season, UCF's Shaquem Griffin broke the combine record for linebackers with a 4.38.
And what running back is White looking forward most in tackling? White said former LSU running back Leonard Fournette, which would become a possibility if White is not selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 7 overall pick.
White said he only has four online classes to finish before earning his degree in sports administration, and he still Facetimes safety Grant Delpit and corner Kary Vincent.
White watched Clemson rout Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff national championship, and he feels like "LSU is right there" to compete with the Tide.
"They're going to do everything that I wanted to come back and do next year," White said. "I know they will."