Whitehead Likes Big Cat Weekend

Jermaine Whitehead and his family made the trip to Auburn from Mississippi to spend time with the Tigers' football coaching staff.

Greenwood, Miss.--Although he previously committed to Mississippi State, Jermaine Whitehead isn't finished with recruiting yet as evidenced by his trip to Auburn for The Big Cat Weekend.

Whitehead was one of several dozen prospects who visited the Auburn campus this weekend to spend time with Coach Gene Chizik and his coaching staff.

Mississippi State is recruiting Whitehead to play cornerback while Auburn likes him as a wide receiver, Whitehead notes.

Making the trip to Auburn with his parents, Whitehead points out that everyone had a good time. "We did a lot of things," he says. "We played games, got a tour and got to hang out and mingle with the coaches."

Commenting on what stood out most about the visit, he says, "Them being a family and us hanging out and having a good time."

Whitehead says that Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor is doing a good job of recruiting him and interesting him in playing wideout for the Tigers. "Every time we talk before the conversation ends he tells me I am faster than something--a cheetah, a jeep or something."

Asked what his favorite position is, the rising senior says, "I think my favorite position is either corner or wide receiver. I am kind of getting feelings for wanting the ball and wanting to make plays after watching a lot of football lately and want to be that guy."

After visiting Auburn this weekend, he plans to visit Memphis on Tuesday and then spend June 5th and 6th at Ole Miss. "On the seventh I may go to Alabama," he says. "From the 13th to the 16th I am going to Mississippi State."

Mississippi State cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith is recruiting Whitehead for the Bulldogs. "Coach Smith was the first guy to recruit me. I didn't want to play corner right off the bat. I?wanted to make plays. I guess that (playing cornerback) is what he saw in my game. I don't blame him because I?like to play corner and I?like to lock them down, too."

Mississippi State looks to have the inside track to sign Whitehead, but he says the Tigers are in the mix. "I like Auburn a lot," he says. "Mississippi State, of course, I am committed to them. I think those two are really at the top. Mississippi State because that is where I always wanted to go. Auburn because it is a family place. The family word came in full effect Saturday."

Jermaine Whitehead

Asked when he will come to a final decision on his college choice, the 6-0, 180-pounder says, "As of right now I am back and forth on those two (Mississippi State and Auburn.) Ole Miss, not so much although I like them a lot. I think it is going to come down to whether I state in state. If I stay in state I am going to Mississippi State. If I leave I am going to Auburn.

"Right now I can't say when my final decision will be made, but it is 90 percent State and it is kind of solid," he adds. "I like it a lot. I will see how I feel after a couple of days and I think that is going to determine where I will go."

Whitehead notes that he is glad he made the trip to Auburn for the Big Cat Weekend with his parents. "They had a great time," Whitehead says. "That is what really made me like it getting to see those guys smile that made me happy. Wherever it was. It could have been Hawaii and if they were smiling it was cool with me."

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