Lafayette, Ala.--An explosive athlete who got an early offer from the Auburn Tigers before things cooled off, three-star JaTarvious Whitlow was a signing day a surprise when he signed with Coach Gus Malzahn's program at a ceremony at his high school.
Taking his official visits to Troy, Tulane and UAB, Whitlow confirmed to Inside The Auburn Tigers that he signed with Auburn and will play wide receiver and return kicks.
"Yes sir, I signed with Auburn," said Whitlow, who got a scholarship offer from Auburn in June. “It was very exciting,” he said . “When she (my mother) 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.”.
A dynamic athlete in football, he led the Bulldogs to one of the best seasons in school history as a senior quarterback and defensive back. LaFayette is a basketball power and Whitlow is a star on the hardwood, who joined current Auburn freshman as the two Most Valuable Players last summer in the Alabama High School Athletic Association's North-South All-Star game.
As a senior he threw for 2,292 yards and 29 touchdowns and added 152 carries for 2,147 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground.
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.
Whitlow's LaFayette team is expected to make another run at a state hoops title this year.
“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.”
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