Jeffrey Whitaker, a 6-3, 295-pound U.S. Army All-American defensive tackle from Warner Robins High School, says he plans to arrive on campus ready to play football.
"I have been working out and I have been hitting it pretty hard," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am in good shape and I am trying to get in great shape so I am going to keep working hard so when I come in I will be ready to pick up the tempo."
"It may be May 20th when I start classes," he says. "That is what it is looking like. I will be coming to Auburn to make my mark."
Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who spent a great deal of time and effort recruiting Whitaker, is short on numbers at defensive tackle and notes that he will be counting on Whitaker to play right away.
Whitaker runs a drill in practice for the U.S. Army All-American Game back that was played in January at San Antonio.
Auburn's lack of depth on the defensive front was on display in the A-Day game with walk-ons being counted on to play in that contest. "We do need defensive linemen," Whitaker says. "No disrespect to anybody, but it is a big need for us and we just signed two so in the next class we are going to be looking for more defensive linemen."
In addition to working out, Whitaker says he has been focusing on his academics. "It is going good,"?he points out. "In fact, it looks like I won't even have to take my finals this year so that is good."
Whitaker visited the campus for Auburn's spring game and says he had a good time. "Seeing 63,000 fans at a spring game was impressive," he notes.
The four star defensive tackle is having no second thoughts about his decision to attend Auburn. "I love my decision," he says. "It is all about AU. It is a blessing for me. I just thank God every day."