Not many programs can beat Alabama on the recruiting trail for a four-star quarterback prospect Nick Saban wants to add to the roster. It's not often the Tigers beat Alabama out for a prospect, either.
It's even rarer when the "Tigers" we're discussing are not Auburn or LSU, but Princeton.
Brevin White, a four-star quarterback from Lancaster, CA, made some national headlines when he received a late offer from Alabama to join its 2018 recruiting class. He later took an official visit to Tuscaloosa. However, that wasn't enough to dissuade him from abandoning his pledge to play for Princeton in the Ivy League.
The nature of the decision is odd for a recruiting world that sometimes forget the FCS exists and that some prospects can value other parts of the college football experience beyond glory at the highest level. White explained his decision to ESPN.
"The main reason I decided to stick was because Princeton offers me opportunities to fulfill my aspirations on and off the field... Alabama is a first-class institution and a program with a great education, but Princeton checks more boxes personally for me. Princeton is the best fit for who I am."
White turned some heads when he committed to Alabama in the first place, turning down offers from places like Arizona State, Tennessee, and Washington, among several other FBS programs. Alabama now joins that list of suitors that White spurned for an Ivy League education.