Arizona State offered the Central Senior High School running from Beaumont, Texas a scholarship at the end of last summer. Whaley said he spoke with coach Todd Graham and running backs coach Bo Graham at the end of his junior football season but doesn't remember a conversation during the off-season.
“I haven’t really talked to any of the coaches for a good minute,” Whaley said. “So it’s been a while since they offered me. But other than that, it’s a school that I would see.”
In his junior season Whaley rushed for 1305 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers caught the attention of other programs. Coaches started to get interested in the 6-foot, 190-pound back.
“It’s been a blessing,” Whaley said. “It’s been a great privilege to have all these opportunities and to be offered by some of the best programs in the nation. It’s something I’ve worked hard for.”
Whaley is currently busy with the high school track season. Therefore, he has not had much time for junior days and unofficial visits. He did say he will make a trip to Oklahoma next weekend for a day visit.
He wanted to participate in the Nike Opening regional in Dallas on Sunday, but track got in the way again. Whaley says he has interest in visiting future junior days at Georgia and Alabama but cannot totally commit to attending either one at the moment.
Whaley will not be going to any camps at colleges this summer. Instead, he wants to use the time to make unofficial visits to meet with coaches and players of interested schools. He does not know the specific schools he will be traveling to yet.
If he was presented with the opportunity, he would visit the ASU campus.
Whaley said he has researched the ASU offense.
“I know they run the spread offense and they spread the field so they can get that running back in open field and in kind of one-on-one situations,” Whaley said.
He prides himself on being a balanced back that possess speed, power and can catch passes out of the backfield.
At Central Senior, Whaley said he mostly lined up in the backfield his junior year and played some slot receiver his sophomore year.
He believes he could fit in easily with the ASU offense.
“I do because my high school offense runs the spread as well,” Whaley said.
With a ton scholarship offers, Whaley has a lot of options to choose from. He said he looking to join a team with a strong program, tradition, coaching staff and academics.
Whaley has not narrowed his list of choices at this point in the recruiting process. He said he should trim down his list at the end of the high school track season.