LaFayette, Ala.--One of the most impressive athletes at any of Auburn's summer basketball camps is a class of 2017 prospect who was impressive enough at an AU football camp to get a scholarship from Coach Gus Malzahn’s football Tigers.
JaTarvious Whitlow, a 6-0, 190 rising senior at LaFayette High, was a two-way threat on the football field in 2015 as a passer and runner from the quarterback position. Additionally, he helped on defense.
On the basketball court he has been a key player for LaFayette since his freshman season. Coach Obadiah Threadgill, who led LaFayette to a Class 2A state title in basketball with major help from the prospect, has a high opinion of Whitlow, who Auburn has offered as an athlete who could play wide receiver or defensive back.
“He is an outstanding athlete,” Threadgill said. “He is fast, strong and really skilled. He can handle a basketball with both hands and throw a football a mile. He is a 4.48 (40-yard dash) guy who can really jump. His football IQ is high, and his basketball IQ is high.”
“Jatarvious has been playing on the varsity since he was in the ninth grade,” the coach points out. “He is awesome to work with, awesome to coach. He is doing a good job of leading our team.
“The way he goes, the way our team goes,” Threadgill added. “When they work hard, he works hard. He is a leader in our school and in our community. A lot of kids love him and a lot of the grown people are trying to live their dream through him so he has got to keep his head on straight and the sky is the limit for him.”
JaTarvious Whitlow is shown in action during the 2015 football season.
In basketball Whitlow is a high-scoring point guard who handles the ball very well with either hand. In football he plays quarterback and in the secondary for LaFayette. Asked what his best position is for football, the prospect said, “I really don’t know. Whatever position they put me on the field I know nobody is going to beat me out because I am going to grind hard.”
Whitlow said his favorites list in football includes Auburn and UAB along with Mississippi State, a team he says he believes is going to offer him a scholarship. However, he notes that he is in not a big rush to make a college decision.
He is already working out this summer to get ready for his senior season of football while also preparing to play in the Alabama North-South All-Star Basketball Game on July 20th in Montgomery.
“I think we are going to have a really good team this year,” Whitlow said of LaFayette’s football squad. “We have the whole offense coming back. We lost some big factors on defense, our starting middle linebacker and our defensive end, and we are going to be relying on a lot of young guys on defense. We have a lot of young guys who are willing to work so I think we can go far. Hopefully, we will be in Auburn for the state championship game.”