2006 Profile: RB Norman Whitley

Richmond Senior standout Norman Whitley will be one of the top running backs in the Southeast next season, and the Clemson Tigers are one of many teams showing early interest in the speedster from Rockingham, North Carolina.

RB Norman Whitley
5-10, 190, 4.4
Richmond Senior
Rockingham, North Carolina

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound prospect, who runs a 4.4, will have a hard time topping his junior season. "Yeah, I rushed for 2666 yards which was a school record. I also scored 34 touchdowns. I played cornerback and safety on defense," Whitley told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

When asked if he has any favorites as he begins his recruiting process, Whitley responded, "No, I haven't really looked around enough to narrow it down. I like everyone right now that is showing interest in me."

Whitley is waiting on his first official offer, but the Tigers are one of many of the South's top programs currently showing interest. "Clemson was talking about offering me when Coach O'Cain was there, but I haven't heard as much from them since. I think Wake and North Carolina may be close to offering. Georgia is showing me a lot of interest. Plus I have been to two games up there. Coach Brooks from Tennessee is also showing me a lot of interest."

The prize recruit was in attendance last year when the Tigers defeated South Carolina. "Yeah, I went to the Clemson game against South Carolina last year. It was a great game," said Whitley.

Early playing time will be one of the most important factors when Whitley decides on the college of his choice. "You know the big thing is I want to find a place where I feel like it is home. I will also look at the campus and the facilities. I know Clemson wants to run the ball a lot this year. And for me, the main thing is I want to go somewhere that I can play as a freshman or sophomore," added the junior running back.

The scary thing for Richmond Senior opponents is that the star running back still believes he has a lot of room for improvement. "I need to improve on everything. I still have a lot of work to do.

"My strength is my work ethic. I want to continue to get better. I also have good power for my frame. I also make guys miss," added Whitley.

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding running back from North Carolina, right up through signing day 2006.

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