“What’s past is prologue.”
The first usage of this phrase has been attributed to William Shakespeare in the play The Tempest. The phrase is also inscribed on the National Archives Building in Washington DC and used as an epigraph in one of my favorite books, White Teeth, by Zadie Smith. The phrase is also very useful, for me, now. Ka’Raun and Kyzir White are set to begin their perspective legacies, respectively in 2015 and 2016, at West Virginia University as the latest members of the White family to become Mountaineers. Over the past couple of years, the surname White has become synonymous with Mountaineer football. Yes, “what’s past is prologue.”
Kevin White, the older brother of Ka’Raun and Kyzir, was the highest drafted offensive player in West Virginia football history. Yes, higher than the trio of Tavon Austin, Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey. Only Adam “Pac-Man” Jones has been drafted higher than Kevin White. If not for his success at WVU and the connections made during that time between the White family and WVU coaching staff, Ka’Raun may be catching passes and Kyzir defending them at another major university. But, as fate may have it, they both have continued the family tradition and signed with WVU.
Ka’Raun is up first. He will be catching passes this fall at WVU. As a receiver at WVU there will be the inevitable comparisons to his brother. For many a young athlete that may be a burden that is too much to bear, but in my limited time around Ka’Raun, he seems to be his own man with his own very distinct personality and temperament. He will be less inclined to feel pressured to emulate his brother and more determined to chart his own course. Also, he has strong family support and a coaching staff with a familial bond to help him throughout his WVU years and on to the next level. One thing I am certain of is that he will continue to work hard in pursuit of his goals. Next is now!
Kyzir has to wait another season before wearing the blue and gold. Highly regarded and rated by my many as the number 1 JuCo safety in the country, including 247sports.com and ESPN, he will be a welcomed addition to a WVU defense that has struggled traditionally. Playing in the pass-happy Big 12, Kyzir should see plenty of action when he finally hits the field in 2016. Kyzir turned down several schools and several others didn’t bother to offer because of the strong connection between the Whites and WVU. I mean really, how many of us would not jump at the opportunity to play major college football with our brother at the place our older brother has become a legend?
The foundation has been laid and much has been done. The past has led Ka’Raun and Kyzir White to this moment that most of us can only dream of; a chance to realize childhood dreams and make those dreams the realities of adults. Now, they get the chance to be prologue to a future present and add their names to West Virginia football lore.