That’s Kevin White’s younger brother, Ka’Raun, hanging around Monday’s practice at Lackawanna College. He’s 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds, and in the measured assurances of his coaches there, he’s better right now than Kevin was when he enrolled at WVU.
Ka’Raun says he’ll enroll next month, and I say he’s going to play for the Mountaineers. He is. Ka’Raun redshirted two seasons ago at Lackawanna and played last year (leading the conference in receptions), so he has three years left to play three seasons. But above all that, WVU doesn’t have someone like him, a 21-year-old who looks and plays like his older brother. I’m not saying he’s the same, so let’s get that our of our heads right now. I’m just saying he’s different than anyone WVU has right now, and that will be to his benefit.
In August, Lackawanna’s coaches thought they’d have some fun with Ka’Raun and make him work out with the offensive and defensive linemen in the weight room. He barely blinked and benched 225 pounds again and again and again. A little while ago, he did a triple squat at 415 pounds and a triple bench at 335. I have to think he’s a reason why Dana Holgorsen and Lonnie Galloway are so eager to figure out the outside positions during spring football, or at least why they want the players competing now to have a real sense or urgency.
Then again, Ka’Raun was an inside receiver most of the time at Lackawanna, so perhaps his future is there. There’s a future somewhere, though. Tell me this doesn’t look familiar. (The first play is nuts.)
The crazy part? The other brother, Kyzir, is ahead of them both. WVU, Pitt, Louisville and Arizona State have offered him for the upcoming recruiting class, and they’re going to have a lot of company before this season is over. All Kyzir will say about WVU is that it’s a meaningful destination because of the opportunity the school gave to Kevin and that it might give him a chance to play with Ka’Raun, which is something he enjoyed last season.
(Also, this is not why I was gone for two days. It’s a sidebar to the main reason, which is a draft day takeout about Kevin White, and I fear there isn’t enough space in the paper and on our blog to tell his tale properly. His story really is something else.)