Whitfield Hopes To Add Arkansas Offer To Mix

Sprio safety McKinley Whitfield (6-4, 195), who is one of Oklahoma's top prep players, now has 11 offers in hand and hopes Arkansas might make it a Dandy Dozen when he comes to camp in mid-June.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Oklahoma prep safety prospect McKinley Whitfield (6-4, 195) had just a couple of offers.

But then the proverbial door opened and coaches came rushing in and suddenly the Spiro standout finds himself with 11 offers and likely many more on the way.

"It's been pretty cool to have all these schools put out offers for me and I am very thankful for all of them," Whitfield said. "It just makes me want to work even harder every day.

Five came last week as Minnesota, Southern Miss, Utah State, Memphis and Houston joined a offer list that already included Tulsa, Arkansas State, Army, Navy and Missouri State.

A Louisiana-Monroe offer as a quarterback came on Tuesday.

Whitfield is hoping that Arkansas – who he visited for the Red-White game on April 26 – will join the list in mid-June when he comes in for a camp.

"I think I am going to be there June 16th and it would be great to get an offer from Arkansas," Whitfield said. "Arkansas has great facilities and I got to check those out and they were so impressive. It's a big-time school that I could certainly see myself playing at and I am hoping that I get an offer when I get up there. I like what they are doing at the safety spot with the new coaches."

Whitfield, whose home is near Fort Smith, plays quarterback and safety for the Bulldogs.

He passed and rushed for over 2,000 yards last season, had 70 tackles and four interceptions and also took two punts back for touchdowns for a team that was 8-3.

"I think I am a leader on both sides of the football," Whitfield said. "I am always talking on defense and getting people in the right spot."

Most schools are recruiting Whitfield as a safety.

"I think they like my size and my coverage ability and the way I like to come down and hit," Whitfield said. "I think they all see me with a great future there."

Whitfield, who was named one The Oklahoman's Top 10 players in 2015 recently along with Roland tight end and Arkansas pledge Austin Cantrell, says he didn't really have a favorite school growing up.

"I kind of liked Florida and Arkansas and watched OU growing up," Whitfield said. "It would be great to get offers from those schools, but I am going to make the best decision for me right now. I don't think I will commit to anyone right away."

Whitfield is also an outstanding basketball player with an offer from Central Arkansas, but believes his path is on the gridiron in college.

"I play shooting guard and I thought about maybe playing basketball in college up until last summer," Whitfield said. "But I think football is the way to go for me and that looks to be the case with all the offers coming in."

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