Whittaker sticking with Arizona

Jace Whittaker has been committed to Arizona for a while now. Read on for his thoughts on his verbal to the UA, role next season, and more.

After realizing his dream of committing to a Pac-12 football program, 2014 Oceanside (Calif.) athlete Jace Whittaker went into his senior high school season full of optimism, but it initially looked like his confidence might have been misguided.

"The season is going well," Whittaker said. "It's especially gratifying now because we started out the season losing a couple games, but we really bonded together and we've been rolling since."

Whittaker took it upon himself to make sure Oceanside's season didn't go off the tracks.

"I'm not the most vocal guy in the world, but I've tried to really tell all the players about how important each game is because we don't ever get these games back and we need to play with some desperation," he said.

Whittaker's maturity figures to suit him well at the next level.

"The coaches have told me they appreciate how I play the game," Whittaker said. "That means a lot, because I've always tried to play hard and let everything play out from there.

"The connection I have with the coaches is why I never wavered in my commitment."

Although Whittaker has excelled on offense for Oceanside, he will switch to defense full time in college and has his eye on playing early.

"The coaches told me that there is early playing time to be had and while there is some good talent out there I feel I can play with anyone," Whittaker said.

"Once the season is over I'm working out with one purpose, which is to get better and be physically ready to compete."

Whittaker has also given a lot of thought to his academic situation.

"The University of Arizona has a great science department, and besides playing for Coach Rodriguez, I wanted to find a solid biology program," Whittaker said. "Football and biology are passions for me and I found the perfect school to merge both of my interests."

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