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White family finds a level of comfort with Hevesy on in-home visit

December 6, 2018

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There are now less than 30 days before offensive lineman commit Ethan White‍ heads to Gainesville as an early enrollee, “but who’s keeping track”, jokes his mom Rosemary.



With the days ticking down, Rosemary White is facing the truth that she’ll have to hand over her son, the three-star offensive tackle from Clearwater, Florida. But before it’s time to pack bags, his mom still needed to solidify a few things. Ethan has been committed since March but his family had only met with coaches on school campus. So on Wednesday night, the White’s welcomed Gators offensive line coach John Hevesy to Clearwater for their first in-home visit and got to know the man a little better.

“It went very well. It was nice to be able to speak to him in a quiet, comfortable setting where we got to know him a little bit better and got to ask him some very school specific questions.

“It was nice, I really wanted to get to know him a little bit more on a personal level because I feel like I’m handing my son over to him because he is his position coach and will spend the most time with him so it was nice to be able to ask him about his family, his background and his thoughts and insights into what Ethan was needing to do and what was coming up.”

From the first time the family met Coach Hevesy, Rosemary says there was something she liked about the way he conducted himself and interacted with Ethan. But she admits that after raising her sons in a way that’s very cut and dry, no excuses way that allowed for the work to be put in for any type of future, she still needed to see that same attitude in his future position coach.

“It ultimately it was Ethan’s decision to choose his school. Of course we’ve talked about it as a family but one thing that really weighed heavily on me was if I didn’t like his position coach, what was that relationship going to be like because I, in the process, have met several different coaches and right away could tell, I could tell the one’s I didn’t like that were like no-way, no-how…and Hevesy is just, all the qualities that I was looking for.

“He holds a lot of the same values that I do; we’re kinda very cut and dry, no excuse type of people and we don’t accept failure so some of the key words that I look for, I got [Wednesday]…he doesn’t sugarcoat things. He’s just pretty cut and dry. This is the way it is, if you don’t like it, oh well.”

It’s an attitude that the current Gator offensive linemen have described as well for their position coach, stating it as one of the biggest reasons they’ve been able to grasp the new offense quickly and conduct one of the biggest unit turnarounds on the team. And it’s why Rosemary knows that Ethan will fit seamlessly into this unit right away.

The Gators currently have six offensive line commits, including two that they have flipped from the Miami Hurricanes in the past week. There are still a couple of more they are going after as well. The unit will lose four guys for sure to graduation (Martez Ivey, Tyler Jordan, Fred Johnson, Kavaris Harkless) and still have the possibility to lose more to transfer or someone electing to leave early for the NFL Draft.

Despite the numbers, White says she gets the sense that the Gators plan for Ethan remains the same.

“I think they recognize his potential and has seen that from the beginning. I’m sure there’s lots of talent out there and obviously they recognize that but one thing that I think they can see in Ethan that’s I’ve always seen is that not only is he good at football, but he is extremely intelligent and even at the age of 17 I think they can recognize that he is a leader and I think they’re going to utilize that leadership style in him to possibly lead his teammates.”

There’s also the possibility of him playing right away, something Rosemary asked Hevesy about directly.

“I posed that same question to Hevesy and his response was that if Ethan felt that he was ready there would be no stopping him—[but] if he felt that Ethan wasn’t ready then obviously he wasn’t going to let him play.

That’ll still be determined, but they’ll get some more answers when Ethan —along with 12+ others—takes an official visit this weekend at UF. Then it’s back home for the holidays and to pack his bags.

“He actually is graduating early so he graduates December 21 or whenever this semester ends and then he’ll be going to UF January 4.”

Less than 30 days and Rosemary White will hand over her son and the Florida Gators will welcome home their newest offensive lineman.

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