Jalen Whitlow talks departed coach

Jalen Whitlow, three-star quarterback from Prattville, Ala., is fresh off winning a state championship for the Class 6A powerhouse. Whitlow has been an Arkansas State commitment since June. Things may have changed once he learned Hugh Freeze took the head coaching job at Ole Miss. Andrew Bone has the latest news...


"I really don't know what to think right now," said Jalen Whitlow. "I heard about it today. I heard the head coach took the Ole Miss job. I was told the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator left.

"I tried to get in touch with someone. I called, and I sent a text. Nobody has responded yet. I guess they are busy. I really don't know what to think right now. I am lost and confused. I am just trying to gather info."

Whitlow was asked if he is still committed to the Red Wolves.

"I guess, but I really don't know," he responded. "That's the offense I wanted to play in. I don't know if that is the best fit for me anymore. Maybe they will call me and want me at Ole Miss."

Whitlow was a standout this season and shared the signal caller duties with Justin Thomas in a two-quarterback system. He saw his stock rise and more offers came his way.

"I have been talking to Middle Tennessee and a few other schools," Whitlow said. "FIU offered me not too long ago. Minnesota offered me last week. I have been talking to Auburn. I talked to coach Malzahn after the Iron Bowl. They want me to come over for a visit."

Whitlow talked more about Prattville capturing another state title with a 35-34 win against Hoover.

"It felt great to win it," he said. "Everyone counted us out when we lost to Opelika during the season. Everyone thought we just had a lot of hype. It made us stronger, and we worked hard. We were hands-down the best team in the state, and in my opinion the nation."