MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Living up to your superstar, older brother is never easy. The pressure is always on to be just as good, if not better.
Pat White did amazing things during his tenure at West Virginia University, including leading the Mountaineers to a Fiesta Bowl victory. But his little brother Coley never filled Pat’s shoes.
One year after the departure of Kevin White, all eyes are on his younger brother Ka’Raun.
Can Ka’Raun be just as good, if not better? Can Ka’Raun develop into a future NFL prospect like Kevin?
Only time will tell, but for now Ka’Raun’s teammates and coaches are impressed with the sophomore wideout.
“Ka’Raun looks like he is going to make big plays,” senior wide receiver Jordan Thompson said. “ You can tell he’s young. Ka’Raun can make an impact.”
Ka’Raun came to WVU a year earlier than Kevin. While he is working hard, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver won’t be starting the opening game for the Mountaineers.
But head coach Dana Holgorsen doesn’t seemed worried about that.
“Kevin didn’t start his first three games here,” he said. “Kevin was a junior. Again, I kind of hesitate talking about guys until they really made a play, but he’s in the same boat that Kevin was when he was first here.”
Ka’Raun and Kevin are very similar in appearance. They have similar build and don’t forget the hair.
Both brothers attended Lackawanna Community College and possess similar skills. But is Ka’Raun as good as Kevin?
One can definitely hope, but Holgorsen isn’t ready to put that pressure on the youngster just yet.
“I don’t want to compare him to Kevin, he said. “It’s not fair to compare him to Kevin. He’s a backup receiver right now, and he has done a good job.
“He was discussed about being a starter after one game. Let’s see what kind of player he develops into. I think it’s going to be pretty good.”
Thompson wasn’t hesitant to compare the two brothers.
“They have similarities, the way they run,” he said. “They run the same. The way they are on the field with it, the swagger and stuff, just bobbing.
“The only big difference is Kevin showed it. He’s very emotional and stuff. Ka’Raun is quiet, to himself. I feel like during the season Ka’Raun will probably bust out of that.“
Thompson believes Ka’Raun is going to be the better of the two.
“But I think personally, sorry Kevin, but Ka’Raun got better ball skills than Kevin,” Thompson said. “He’s got better hands than Kevin. The thing is Ka’Raun is young. He still has three years. But personally I think he will be better than Kevin in the future. But it’s up to Ka’Raun.”