The multi-talented hurler is also a good student in the classroom. "School is going very well. I took the SAT last year and am done."
This summer he spent a lot of time honing his skills and learning from some of the best college coaches in America. He attended camps at Florida, Maryland, Clemson, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Penn State.
Ike Whitaker still has a list of six schools and doesn't tip his hat to which of the six he might prefer. "I am still interested in a lot of schools, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Florida, West Virginia, Clemson, and NC State." What helps determine his choice of college? "Of course, the quarterback position and situation. Who all plays, who is starting there. The coaches matter a lot, how long they have been there and their success in the program. I would like to talk amongst the players and that is why I will go on all five of my official visits. I haven't set up any official visits yet and I am not sure where they will be."
Here's what he thinks about each of his six schools of interest:
Virginia Tech: "I like the coaching staff and I have been to their camp since I was a freshman. That helps a lot in knowing the place. The coaches are real honest, I talk to the players and they say the coaches are real honest." Coach Tony Ball (wide receivers) is recruiting Ike to play for Virginia Tech.
Florida: "I like that it is away from here, a new life. I am also familiar with the coaching staff. It is a good situation going in there playing behind Chris Leak. They have a couple of quarterbacks, but I know all about them. That would be a good situation for me there. I have watched Florida on television and am interested in playing in that type of offense. Coach Mike Locksley (running backs and recruiting coordinator) is recruiting me to Florida."
Maryland: "They are near my home town. I only live about half an hour from there. I am very familiar with the coaches and they run a nice pro-style offense." Coach Dave Sollazo (defensive line) is recruiting Ike to play at Maryland.
West Virginia: "My wide receiver is going to go play there. They also have a great quarterback situation for me with Rasheed Marshall being a senior next year. I like their offense too." Coach Bill Stewart (quarterbacks and special teams) is recruiting Whitaker to play for West Virginia.
Clemson: "Our running back committed to Clemson. It is a great quarterback situation with Charlie Whitehurst being a senior next year."
N.C.State: "N.C. State is another awesome program. I have been up there once and I like the campus."
Whitaker, as stated, attended the Florida camp and was a pleasant surprise for the Florida coaches. He has great size and mobility and a strong arm. We look for the Gators and the other teams on his list to pursue this all-star to the very end.