Among the large contingent of official visitors in Fort Collins to check out Colorado State over the weekend was Houston (Tex.) Alief Taylor defensive tackle Kobie Whiteside. It was the first official visit for the honorable mention all-state selection.
"The view of (Fort Collins) and the coaches' personalities," Whiteside said of the visit highlights. "I feel it's somewhat of a home."
With CSU's need for an impact lineman on their defensive front, Whiteside said he didn't feel any pressure at all to commit to the Rams. Instead, he will patiently wait out the month leading up to signing day. CSU's staff told him he has a spot waiting for him if he desires to join CSU's class.
"I still want to see around, make sure I did everything I needed to to make the right decision," he said.
Whiteside didn't necessarily name any recruiting favorites, but said the three schools he scheduled official visits to in January are the ones he is primarily focused on. He will travel to New Mexico on Jan. 20 and UTSA on Jan. 27.
"Right now, I just visited Colorado State. It was a nice visit and I loved the view of it," he said of CSU.
Whiteside measured in at 6-foot-1, 319-pounds on his visit. He said the CSU staff told him they like his quick-twitch abilities for his size, which enabled him to account for 95 total tackles, 7 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and one interception return for a score as a senior.
CSU freshmen Toby McBride and Arjay Jean served as his player-hosts for the visit. Even though he has more of a reserved personality, Whiteside said he enjoyed his time spent with the CSU players.
His primary recruiter, Rams running backs coach Bryan Applewhite, has built a strong relationship with Whiteside. He is expected to stop by Whiteside's home this week for an in-home visit.
"He stopped by my school and he should be coming by this week," Whiteside said.
School culture, the overall setting and environment are the primary factors he is focused on when it comes time for him to commit to a school. So how did CSU size up using those metrics?
"I feel like it has a great culture and it was a good trip. They have a good tradition and there are a lot of good things coming along soon."
During the recruiting process, Whiteside picked up FBS offers from Bowling Green, CSU, Illinois, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, Texas State, and UTSA.