Lafayette, Ala.--A talented dual-sport athlete who could play a number of different positions on the next level, 6-0, 190-pound JaTarvious Whitlow already had offers from UAB, Georgia State and Jacksonville State heading into a Sunday camp with the Auburn Tigers. Impressive at wide receiver and showing the ability to also play defensive back, Whitlow added an offer from Gus Malzahn’s program on Monday.
“I’m at UAB at a camp and when we were changing stations my mom came up to me and told me that she was on the phone with my head football coach (James Lucas),” Whitlow said. “He said Auburn just offered you. It just caught me unexpected.
“It was very exciting,” he added. “When she told me I got offered I was speechless at first. I didn’t know what to say. I really didn’t expect it because they didn’t do it on Sunday. I just thought it was going to come later on. When she said they offered I was jumping on my dad, I was just happy.”
In two seasons for the Bulldogs, Whitlow has been dynamite at quarterback as the key playmaker for his team. It was as a junior that he saw his game go to another level, however. Passing for 1,896 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2015, Whitlow added 1,339 yards on the ground and 15 more scores. He also added 22 tackles on defense with a pair of interceptions. On special teams he returned 23 kickoffs for 461 yards and four touchdowns while adding three touchdowns on punt returns.
Whitlow in action last year against Randolph County
Even though he grew up and lives 30 minutes from the Auburn campus, Whitlow said he grew up following rival Alabama more than the Tigers. He said that’s not something that matters in this situation though because now it’s all about his future.
“I know Auburn is not a bad school,” Whitlow said. “They’ve got good academics and run a good offense. They run the offense I like, the spread. I have never doubted Auburn.”
Even though he grabbed a big offer from an SEC power in Auburn, Whitlow said he still plans to take his time with recruiting and hopes to wait until signing day to make his decision. At the moment though he said the Tigers have the early lead.
“They’re number one now,” Whitlow said. “It’s like Auburn, UAB, Georgia State and then Jacksonville State. That’s how it would go right now.”