In-State Football Prospect Looking For Attention

This little known football prospect showed at a recent football camp why he will be likely playing somewhere on Saturdays next fall.

Tuskeege, Ala.--A sleeper prospect is a rising senior who is not receiving much attention from college recruiters, but has good physical attributes, a competitive spirit and has shown that he has the ability to be a playmaker on the field.

Booker T. Washington's Ontonio Whitaker is just that type of player. The 5-11, 175-pounder, who has not even received one recruiting letter to this point, showed at the recent Auburn seven-on-seven passing camp that he could make a ton of big-time plays.

"I had 10 interceptions out there and I took two of them back for touchdowns," Whitaker said about his two days in the passing camp. Even more impressive about his performance was that he was suffering from a strained hamstring the whole camp.

Ontonio Whitaker is an athletic defensive back.

The upcoming senior with 4.58 speed, who also plays wide receiver for Booker T. Washington High, doesn't look like a prototypical SEC corner at first glance, but Whitaker showed a very natural form, great mobility through the hips and great recovery speed while on the Auburn campus.

"I started my sophomore and junior years," Whitaker notes about his experienced play at the camp. However, with a small defense around him and little pass rush, Whitaker was not able to pile up big numbers as a junior, which led to the lack of early recruiting interest. "I didn't have any picks, but I had about 33 tackles," he said about his performance last season.

Following the camp, Whitaker said he really enjoyed the whole experience. "It felt good to get out there and play like I did against some good athletes." He is expected to attend a one-day camp at Auburn this Saturday and get more work alongside other college prospects.

With his strong showing at the camp, Whitaker showed he may likely get a chance to live out a boyhood dream next season "I really want to play for a Division I school," he said.

Whitaker is not a guy who will likely be boasting 20 or more offers come January, but if some college coaches get the chance to see this play-maker in action, a true sleeper prospect could very well be awakened this fall.


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