Whaley's Here To Make Impact Right Away

Arkansas tailback Devwah Whaley (6-0, 205) is among the 2016 Razorback signees arriving this weekend and he has plans to have a big freshmen season.


This weekend marks the arrival date to Fayetteville for the vast majority of Arkansas’ 2016 football signing class.

One of those is Beaumont, Texas, Central tailback Devwah Whaley (6-0, 205), who arrived on Saturday and is anxious to begin a college career that he has longed dreamed about.

“It’s a blessing,” Whaley said Saturday afternoon before arriving in Fayetteville. “I have worked really hard to get to this point and I am very excited about getting to Arkansas and getting to work. 

Whaley, a four-star prospect and the third-best tailback nationally per ESPN.com and the seventh-best per Scout.com, is Arkansas’ highest-rated offensive recruit in this recruiting class and is expected to jump into the mix at tailback right away.

Razorback head coach Bret Bielema, who set Sunday as the official reporting date, made that clear at his last press conference as he noted that both Whaley and fellow incoming freshman T.J. Hammonds would get a chance to play right away.

“…Devwah Whaley (is) probably one of the most successful and on film evaluated one of the most impressive HS running backs I've signed in my career,” Bielema said. “I think he could be special this upcoming season.”

Whaley, who rushed for 1,701 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, accepts that challenge.

“My goals are to come in and play right away and be both the best freshman running back and a Freshman All-American,” Whaley said. “I know it won’t be easy, but I will put in the work to get it done.”

Whaley committed to Georgia on Thanksgiving Day, but de-committed when the school fired head coach Marc Richt, who ended up taking over Miami, Fla., soon afterwards.

He then got his decision down to Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama and Oklahoma before announcing for the Razorbacks on Jan. 3 right before playing the Under Armour All-American Game.

“In the end, everything worked out the way God intended for it to and I am extremely excited to be a Razorback,” Whaley said. “I am looking forward to getting up there with all the guys in my class.”

He has become close with incoming Arkansas wide receiver Jordan Jones (6-2, 180) of Smackover and both returned on their own dime to help the Razorbacks recruit in January.

“I have become good friends with Jordan and in fact he is going to be my roommate,” Whaley said. “It’s a good group of guys and I think there is a lot of talent in our class.”

Whaley is just back off a senior trip and has stayed in shape this spring by running track and following the Razorbacks’ eight-week conditioning program that was sent to him.

 “I stayed in shape by working out using the plan they sent me,” Whaley said. “I’m good to go.”

Jordan Jones, Devwah Whaley

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2016 Recruit Reporting Dates

Mid-term Enrollees:

• McTelvin Agim, DE

• Terrance Deion Malone, OL

 

May 15:

• Hayden Johnson, FB

 

May 28:

• Briston Guidry, DL

• De’Jon Harris, LB

• T.J Hammonds, WR-TB

 • Devwah Whaley, TB

 

May 29:

 • Ben Brausell, LB

• Tobias Enlow, WR

• Grayson Gunter.TE

• Tyler Hall, OL,

• Dylan Hays, OL

• Jake Heinrich, OL

• Justice Hobbs, FB

• Alexy Jean-Baptiste, LB

• Jordan Jones, WR

• Cole Kelley, QB

• Giovanni LaFrance, LB

• Jonathan Marshall, DE

• Grant Morgan, LB

• Carson Proctor, QB

• Paul Ramirez, OL

• Michaa Smith, S

• Dee Walker, LB

 

June 1:

• Britto Tutt, CB

 

 June 3:

• Austin Capps, DL

 

 June 4:

• Deon Edwards, S

 

June 30:

 • Kofi Boateng, WR

 

July 2:

• Connor Limpert, K

 

August 3:

• Brandon DePrato, TE

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