Offered by the Tigers before his senior season, Whitlow saw his recruiting slow down to a crawl from Gus Malzahn’s program. That meant heading into signing day he was going to choose between Tulane, UAB and Troy, but enter new Auburn OC Chip Lindsey.
“They had stopped for a minute, just keeping in touch every now and then,” Whitlow said of Auburn. “When Coach Lindsey got there he said he had watched my film and he wanted me. My mom told me ‘Boobie, just wait’ because I was very tempted to go ahead and sign with Tulane.
“I finally got confirmation from Auburn and I went in my room that night and was praying and praying,” he added. “I woke up and got a call that Auburn said they wanted me. I told my mom ‘this is it, I’m going’.”
Always very interested in Auburn from the beginning when he was first offered by the Tigers as a defensive back, the 6-0, 207 playmaker has always wanted the football in his hands. Getting that feedback from Lindsey and knowing he wanted him on offense was a blessing he said.
“That was very big,” Whitlow said. “For him to just come out and me being at a small school, to even think about Jatarvious Whitlow was just big in itself.
“I love it,” he added of playing offense. “I love it. When Coach Lindsey said he’s the type of guy that needs the ball in his hands, I knew right then I was home.”