WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Profile
Gutshall thinks he's got another wide receiver that will get plenty of looks before it's all said and done.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside caught 15 passes and averaged over 17 yards per catch through four games in 2012. Five of those catches were touchdowns. But a broken collarbone brought an early end to his sophomore season.
"He played in the first four ball games last year and he was burning it up. He has a [great] highlight tape from four games," Gutshall said. "Then, he broke his collarbone. We got upset in the opening round against Stratford. He would have been released the next week. So we never got him back. In fact, that's one of the reasons we faltered down at the end."
Gutshall believes Arcega-Whiteside is comparable to a former Dorman wide receiver.
"He doesn't have the Charone Peake burning speed…he just has that little gear and great hands, Adam Humphries-type hands," Gutshall said.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect also has really good bloodlines.
His mother, who played basketball at Appalachian State, is the all-time leading scorer in Southern Conference history. An inaugural member of the conference's Hall of Fame, Valorie Whiteside played professionally in Europe after her college career. That's where she met Arcega-Whiteside's father, who was also a professional basketball player.
Arcega-Whiteside is now being recruited to play both college football and basketball.
Clemson, Duke, Tennessee, Ohio State and South Carolina are among the schools expressing interest for football.
In basketball, he's heard from Virginia Tech, Mercer and Presbyterian.
"I like playing them both, so I haven't really made a decision on that," Arcega-Whiteside said, when asked which sport he would prefer to play in college.
"But, so far, it just depends on what season it is. If it's basketball season, I'll say basketball. If it's football season, I'll say football."
Gutshall thinks football would be a good route from Arcega-Whiteside.
"He's got tremendous hands. He's got long arms. He's probably 6-2, maybe 6-3. But he plays like he's 6-5, 6-6," Gutshall said.
For football, Arcega-Whiteside wants to visit several schools.
"I would like to hear from Clemson and any ACC or SEC school really. I'd like to hear from them," he said.
2015 Intro: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
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