Riverside (Calif.) Community College wide receiver Isaac Whitney is a classic case of a recruit falling through the cracks. The secret, though, is now out, as he’s hauled in offers from Texas Tech, Washington State and, on Tuesday, California, where he will take an official visit on Sept. 26.
Out of Moore (Okla.) Southmoore, where he ran a laser-timed 4.45 40, Whitney didn’t get many Division I looks, given that he only played one year – his senior year – at receiver, after transitioning from cornerback.
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He then decided to sign with Division II Central Oklahoma, but after redshirting, the coaching staff changed, and he was caught in the middle of a battle for playing time.
“The situation at my DII wasn’t very good, because our coaching staff was from a JC, and they brought their starting quarterback and wide receiver, and he played him over me, because he came with them and he was a junior,” Whitney said. “They said he had more experience, and I was a redshirt freshman, at the time. I was as good as him, but they just kept saying that he had more experience, and I didn’t want to sit behind him for another year, so I made the decision to come out here. I left there after this last semester.
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“I came out here because I went to a training camp called STARS, and there were a lot of D1 guys, a lot of guys from the NFL, and they were saying, ‘Why are you playing DII ball? So, I took a chance and came out here.”
It didn’t take long for wide receivers coach Rob Likens to take a shine to the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, who intends to sign in December.
“I think he’s a really good coach. He’s good friends with the coaches at my school, so I think it’d be a good fit, and I think he can help me go to the League. That’s what I want to do,” Whitney said. “I can stretch the field. I’m really good at that. I get it in the red zone, jump balls, everything deep. I can run screens, I can do it all.”
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What prompted Whitney to schedule an official visit so soon after he got his offer from the Bears?
“I like Cal, and it’s a really good school, academically and on the football field,” Whitney said. “My mom really thinks it’s a good place for me to go, so I’m going to take an official visit and see how I like it.”
The visit will come during Whitney’s bye week, and with opportunities for official visits limited because he intends to sign in December, he wanted to make sure that he saw Cal.
“That’s the only time I can take a visit, and that’s the one school I really want to take a visit to, really soon,” Whitney said.
Whitney has a few second-degree connections to the Bears, as well, and he’s been watching the receivers very closely over the first two weeks of the college season.
“The receivers are really good. I actually have some friends that know the receivers there, Bryce Treggs and Kenny Lawler,” Whitney said.
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