Bluechip Tackle Calls AU Visit "Perfect 10"

High school All-American Jeffrey Whitaker made it clear he enjoyed his official visit to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Warner Robins, Ga.--Uncommitted defensive tackle prospect Jeffrey Whitaker said his official visit to Auburn could not have gone better rating it a "perfect 10."

However, the Warner Robins High star is not ready to chose Auburn or any college just yet. Next on the agenda is an official visit this coming weekend to check out the Georgia Bulldogs followed by a final trip a week later to check out the Miami Hurricanes.

Whitaker said he will be ready to announce his choice on Feb. 1st at his high school and that he has narrowed his list to the Tigers, Bulldogs and Hurricanes.

"Overall, everything went well on the visit," Whitaker said of his weekend in Auburn. "It went great."

So what will be the deciding factor for the U.S. Army All-American?

"It's all about my heart," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It's all about where my heart will tell me to go."

Whitaker said he hasn't finalized his decision yet, but said he has an idea about which college he will sign with on Feb. 3rd.

Auburn freshman defensive end Nosa Eguae was Whitaker's player host over the weekend. "He is a cool guy," said Whitaker, who added that he also spent time with defensive end Antoine Carter and other members of the Auburn team.

Gene Chizik's Tigers. Whitaker said they were trying so hard to convince him to come to Auburn he had to tell them to tone it down and just chill out and have a good time.

"I am smart enough to know where I need to go," Whitaker said. "From the all-star game in Columbus (Georgia North-South All-Star Game) to the (U.S. Army) All-American game to everywhere, it is just recruiting, recruiting, recruiting."

He said that all things considered, the visit to Auburn turned out well. "I had a great time over in Auburn. Everything about the trip was great."

Jeffrey Whitaker is shown at a U.S. Army All-American Game practice in San Antonio.

One of the major components of most official visits is time spent talking with professors or department heads concerning a prospect's likely academic major. That wasn't the case with Whitaker.

"I have been to Auburn so many times and talked to people in the school of business that I didn't need to do that," he said. "I had gotten the introduction to business and that was a good thing. My major is probably going to be probably finance or accounting. I have been to Auburn so many times I didn't really go that route this weekend."

Whitaker said he and the rest of the recruits ate well on their weekend in Auburn. He joked that he will have to go on a diet this week.

What else made the trip to Auburn such a good one for the high school senior? "The coaches are phenomenal," he said. "It is an outstanding staff. It has the family feel. The coaches are awesome."


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