Ohio State safety Brendon White will transfer to Rutgers, reunite with Greg Schiano

Joey Kaufman
Brendon White (25), here tackling Indiana running back Cole Gest during Ohio State’s win on Sept. 14, saw his playing time significantly drop in 2019 after a scheme change. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]

Ohio State safety Brendon White announced on Friday that he will transfer to Rutgers, a decision that comes two weeks after he had first put his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

White will be reunited with Greg Schiano, who was the Buckeyes’ defensive coordinator for White’s first two seasons. Earlier this month, Schiano returned as the Scarlet Knights’ coach.

White made the announcement via Twitter.

Jeremiah 29:11... pic.twitter.com/Uew0NYDAU4

— Brendon White (@therealestbw0) December 27, 2019

The departure of White followed a junior season in which he saw a steep drop-off in playing time under Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison, the defensive co-coordinators who replaced Schiano.

He was on the field for 173 total snaps this fall, according to a tally from Pro Football Focus, after he appearing for 472 snaps last season.

White, a native of Powell who attended Olentangy Liberty, showed promise as a sophomore when he finished fifth on the team with 46 tackles and emerged as a bright spot on a defense that struggled at times.

He started the Buckeyes’ final five games at safety opposite Jordan Fuller and was named the defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl.

This season, however, the Buckeyes generally did not pair another safety with Fuller. Coach Ryan Day expressed a preference for a scheme that involved a single-high safety.

White is the son of William White, a former all-conference defensive back at Ohio State.