Getting a late offer from the Tigers as an offensive player and going with Coach Gus Malzahn’s program on signing day after nearly choosing Tulane, Whitlow was two months late on taking his official visit to the Plains, but over the weekend that finally became a reality. Visiting along with his family, the multi-sport athlete said it was all he expected and more.
“It was a great experience,” Whitlow said. “I like being up there. I feel welcome. I feel like I’m at home. It was really good and I really like being up there.”
Set on heading to New Orleans to play quarterback for the Green Wave, Whitlow’s recruiting and life changed when Chip Lindsey was hired to be Auburn’s offensive coordinator. Seeing something he really liked in the dynamic playmaker at Lafayette High School, Lindsey offered Whitlow late in the process and it was all over.
“Sometimes I catch people on the street and we end up talking about it,” Whitlow said. “They all say they thought I was going to Tulane. I’m like ‘I don’t know.’ It’s still surprising how it just came out of the blue.
“It’s real crazy, but it’s a blessing for me to be able to do it,” the three-sport star adds.
Whitlow finished his basketball playing days that saw him earn All-State honors three times for the Bulldogs. He was one of three finalists for Class 2A Player of the Year with the honor going to region rival Anquaevious Pollard from Lanett.
In football he was named Alabama’s 2A Back of the Year as a senior. Whitlow passed for 2,292 yards and 29 touchdowns last season while adding 2,147 rushing yards and 30 more scores.
He was also MVP at the Offense-Defense All-American Game and you have a dynamic player ready to do his thing in Auburn’s offense.
Also an All-State honoree in track and field, he won the long jump, triple jump, 200 meters and 400 meters at the state championship meet as a junior.
Watching the team scrimmage on Saturday, Whitlow pointed out that he sees an offense that not only is throwing the ball more but also hitting on all cylinders because of how the guys are working.
“The big thing I saw is that they’re all on one accord now,” Whitlow said. “Everybody is doing their job, the little things. Lately Auburn has been off and on, but everybody is coming on and working.
“They’re very exciting,” he added. “Throwing the ball is better than running it. You can run for some short yards, but throwing the ball that much, I just can’t wait to get down there.”