Visit A Perfect 10 For Four-Star Prospect

Four-star Jermaine Whitehead discusses his visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Greenwood, Miss.--It is no secret that the Auburn Tigers are looking for help at the cornerback position and one of the players that could fit the bill is speedy Jermaine Whitehead from Elzy High. At 6-0, 185, Whitehead is a physical player that could play early on the next level.

Because of that he has been a hot commodity for schools across the Southeast. A commitment to Mississippi State for several months, Whitehead visited Ole Miss before deciding to take a look at coach Gene Chizik's Auburn program. He said having the second opportunity to see the Plains was important for him and he loved everything about it.

"It was a 10," he said. "Most definitely a 10.

"It was exciting," Whitehead said of his visit. "I liked it. It brought be back the memories I had from the first time, the family atmosphere and the coaching staff. They boasted about the national championship but they are winner, winner. You can't be mad with that."

Taking in the Georgia game last year on an unofficial visit, Whitehead said that this time around he got to experience more of the campus with his player host Emory Blake but it was still Auburn.

"It wasn't too different," Whitehead said. "That's a great thing to me. I like stability. This is probably the only staff that hasn't changed in the country. That's a big thing to me.

"It was crazy," he said of the atmosphere for the game. "Everybody is family there. You can't be mad at family for long. It's a great atmosphere there I've grown to love."

A very good student who reports a 3.8 GPA and a 23 on the ACT, Whitehead has offers from Stanford, Miami and several other programs in addition to Auburn, MSU and Ole Miss. He said right now he's still undecided on where he's going to sign when the time comes Wednesday but he no longer considers himself a Bulldog.

"I kind of have a group in my head who I'm going to choose from," Whitehead said. "I'm going to talk with my coach, talk with my parents, and we're going to make the best decision for me.

"I'm very open," he said. "They (Mississippi State) are still in consideration but I'm gathering all the information I have and I'm going to make the best decision."

As a senior Whitehead scored 14 total touchdowns playing both offense and defense. Two of those scores came off interceptions and he picked off five total passes in 2010. As a junior he had over 1,500 all-purpose yards on offense with 32 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

It's that defensive mentality that could be his future and it's something Auburn has talked about with him he said. Looking for a playmaker at the position he said the Tigers told him he would have a shot to play early.

"They talked to me about being an athlete," Whitehead said. "They want me to come shut it down. They weren't spectacular on the back end and they want me to be that guy that locks everything down and make the next championship run easier. They want to give me some wildcat and chances with the ball on offense too.

"It's extremely huge because I want to be an instant impact," he said. "I'll work hard because I want to earn it. That's going to be a great experience and it's a big key for me."

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