Cecil Whiteside, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker from Newport Beach, Calif., committed to Cal way back in April. Now halfway through his senior season in high school he is making official visits to other programs.
"I'm just taking all my trips to make sure I'm making the right choice and seeing if there are any other schools out there that fit me," Whiteside said.
Colorado running back Brian Lockridge played against Whiteside during his senior season three years ago when Whiteside was a freshman. The two were reunited last weekend when Lockridge served as Whiteside's player host in Boulder.
Overall, Whiteside said he left Boulder with a positive impression of the Colorado program. He said he loved the beauty of the campus and the spirit of the football team. He said he also loved the game day environment and how into the game the Colorado fans were, but he wasn't convinced that CU is the place for him, at least not enough to change his commitment.
"I still have to think about it," Whiteside said. "I'm not completely set on Colorado, but it definitely has a chance."
Scout.com ranks Whiteside the No. 6 middle linebacker prospect in the nation, but Colorado is recruiting him to play outside linebacker, a position with a lot of responsibility in the CU defense. At Colorado, he would be asked to rush the passer and sometimes drop into pass coverage.
Colorado special teams and tight ends coach Kent Riddle serves as the primary contact with Whiteside.
There are several more official visits on Whiteside's calendar. He will visit Arizona this weekend and has scheduled a visit to Arizona State on Nov. 7. He said he plans to make his commitment final shortly after wrapping up those visits.
He said he is looking forward to putting the recruiting process behind him.
"It's kind of time consuming," he said. "...It's kind of been a long process, but I'm enjoying taking my trips and having fun with it."
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