The Cardinal Hayes Cardinals finished 2016 splitting a pair of championship games. They won the New York Catholic High School Football League Tournament championship game against Archbishop Stepinac 41-39 and lost the NYCHSFL AAA state championship game to Canisius High School / Buffalo, NY, 50-44.
Four-star 2018 offensive tackle Qadir White received recent offers from Maryland (Dec 7), Minnesota (Dec 2) and Massachusetts (Dec 1). He now has 12 total offers with his junior season in the books.
— Qadir White (@QadirWhite) December 7, 2016
I am blessed to receive an offer from the University of Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/exqgNOG8GT
— Qadir White (@QadirWhite) December 3, 2016
Blessed to receive an offer from the university of Massachusetts. pic.twitter.com/TTFLvNy6kQ
— Qadir White (@QadirWhite) December 2, 2016
Qadir White loves the competition that comes with playing football and that is what motivates the junior left tackle at Cardinal Hayes High School in Bronx, New York to be the best he can be.
White started playing football at the age of 12 and continued on from there. A Newark, New Jersey native, White is proud to represent his current hometown, Bronx, New York, on the football field now.
White is also a boxer. He did that before he started playing football and it helps with his footwork as an offensive lineman.
“…It translates to football and helped me get better as an athlete playing both sports,” he said.
Qadir White according to the 247Sports Composite, is a three-star 2018 recruit, the 27th best offensive tackle and fourth best player in New York.
When you see his highlights, you’ll see right away that he’s an aggressive blocker and plays through the whistle. Run blocking is the best part of his game but he believes he can do that and pass block just as well. See his sophomore highlights here.
“It’s been big. …I’ve gotten a lot of calls from colleges. My phone’s ringing, [coaches] calling me and contacting me. I hear from a lot of coaches and staffs and how they were so excited they were to get in touch and right now, I’m just keeping a steady pace in talking to them,” he said about the recruiting process.
So far, Qadir White has received a total of 10 scholarship offers from the following schools: Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Rutgers, Miami, Boston College, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Delaware State, and Old Dominion University.
He has high interest in Rutgers but still has to visit other schools to see where he fits best. He plans to make his commitment decision in his senior year.
“At the moment, right now, Rutgers because I’ve been down there a couple of times and they show a lot of love. I love the environment there. They have a great atmosphere there. When I go down there, the coaches are friendly and they make you feel like you’re home. I haven’t been to any other colleges to decide [anything]. I’ve only been to Rutgers so far. I haven’t gotten a chance to compare them to any other colleges but I will do that coming this fall after my season.”
He wants to major in Finance in college and realizes that if football doesn’t work out, he needs to work hard off the field in order to be successful in life.
“A great scholar off the field. What I can do for their university off the field, for me as a person, if football doesn’t work out, I want to get a good job, graduate college, get my degree and [go far in life]. I want to find a good university for football and school.”
White believes that he is the heart and soul of Cardinal Hayes’s offensive line because of the work he has put in the offseason to be great.
“I want to show that I can dominate and prove to the colleges that I am one of the top offensive linemen in the country.”
The Cardinal Hayes Cardinals went 9-3 (5-2 League) in 2015 and have come out slowly to start the first quarter of the 2016 season, however, won their last two games against Xavier High School (18-15) and St. Peter’s High School (33-14). At 2-3 (1-2 League), they are looking to even both records and continue their winning streak against the Chaminade Flyers of Staten Island, New York, Saturday, October 15.
Here is what Qadir White said he will miss playing for Cardinal Hayes when his playing career is over at the school.
“What I’ll miss, I’m going to miss the teachers there and the staff that helped me develop as a student-athlete on and off the field. The school itself is an amazing school, they helped me out a lot.”