Whitehead Excited About Offer From Auburn

A highly regarded prospect from the state of Mississippi discusses his unofficial visit to Auburn.

Greenwood, Miss.--For Jermaine Whitehead his Saturday visit turned out to be a memorable trip.

The two-way standout at Elzy High School took an unofficial visit to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. He says he likes what he saw and what he heard.

"The main highlight was I got that scholarship offer today from Auburn," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The other highlight was getting a chance to be around the coaches and talk to Coach Trooper Taylor, who I had talked to on the phone quite a bit. I can see he is a great guy. He is so energetic about me coming that gives Auburn a big boost in my recruitment."

Whitehead made the trip with family members. He toured the campus and watched the football team's first spring scrimmage.

"Auburn was in my top five even before they offered," he says. "The others in my top five are Mississippi State, Ole Miss, University of Tennessee and Southern Miss."

Listed as a three-star cornerback prospect by Scout.com, Whitehead is a standout on both sides of the football. At 6-0, 185 pounds he is a four-sport athlete in high school who is expected to be starting for a third straight season in football as a senior.

"Auburn is one of the schools recruiting me as a wide receiver,"?he points out. "I like both offense and defense. It would be awesome if I knew I could play both ways in college, but that is almost impossible. I like have to have the ball in my arms a lot, but I also like to check guys who are good."

Whitehead notes that he enjoyed watching the Auburn offense in action at the scrimmage and says that the play of wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis got his attention. "He is really fast and I know I can get out there at that position and be lethal doing what he is doing," Whitehead says.

"Pierre-Louis went down today in the scrimmage (knee injury) and I am a bigger guy and can take licks," Whitehead says.

The prospect says he enjoyed talking to Auburn's head coach. "It was great," he notes. "Coach Chizik said a lot of things that made plenty of sense to me about life and being a good person. He said Auburn wants good people with good character. That is how I feel, too."

With his trip to Auburn completed, Whitehead says he doesn't have any more visits scheduled. "I am hanging out now that I have visited my favorite five. I don't know when I am going to make a decision on my college. When it happens, it happens."

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