2010's Whitaker One to Watch

It won't be long before the Bulldogs shift their focus to the Class of 2010 – you could say that's already started in fact.

The Bulldogs already have eleven commitments for the Class of 2009, which leaves about six or seven slots (at most) to fill their scholarship allotment. With this season nearly done Georgia may be peeking ahead at 2010 and one of the top players on the mind of the Georgia staff is likely Warner Robbins defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker.

"Clemson has already offered," Whitaker said. "Lots of schools have been by to watch me during spring. Georgia came by school closer to the start of the year. I think a lot more schools are coming by next week for my second week of practice."

Whitaker may be in the shadows of Abry Jones right now. Jones is considered the top defensive tackle in the country for the Class of 2009. Jones and Whitaker play in one of the most heated rivalries in the South – Northside vs. Warner Robbins. The two schools share a stadium and are only a couple of par fives from one another. The closeness has given colleges a convenient recruiting stop in middle Georgia – if they are looking for defensive tackles that is.

As for opinion on Whitaker, one Region 1-AAAAA coach thinks he will be a top prospect for sure.

"We saw him last year and thought he was pretty dad gum good," the coach said. "He's a big boy, and I think he's a legitimate high-level division one prospect – no doubt."

That's one reason the Bulldogs are keeping track of Whitaker, who is in the middle of spring football right now.

"I am going to try to get up to camps and Clemson and Georgia," Whitaker said of the old rivals. Also, he's visited Death Valley and Athens before. "I am thinking about the Florida State camp, too, but I don't know. Florida has been by, too and I have thought about camping down there as well."

Those proposed trips would give Whitaker a good look at some the schools he's considering. He also mentioned Alabama as a school of interest. He said he would like to play in either the SEC or ACC and that he's looking for what the coaching staffs will be like in the school he picks.

"I am looking for personality," Whitaker said.

This summer seems to be a busy one for Whitaker, but he also has plans off the football field, too.

"I'm going to kick it with my pops some, too," he said. "We have a family reunion in Virginia that we are going to this summer, and I'm looking forward to that."

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