Whitaker will narrow to five soon

It was not possible for Jeff Whitaker to make it this weekend to Dawg Night.

He said he would have liked to make it, but was at his team's camp in southwest Georgia.

"I didn't go to the Mark Richt Camp in June, and we just had team camp, so I have not talked with Georgia since the spring game," said Whitaker.

That's about the time that Georgia verbally offered Whitaker a scholarship, he said. Since that time he's been trying to keep up with the Georgia coaches, but NCAA limitations can get in the way at times.

"The summer has been pretty busy. I called Georgia twice, and I missed him, and they can't call back, I just missed them. But it's all good, because this is my junior year, and I've got two more years. We have plenty of time. I want to have a decision going into my senior year, but that's a long way away."

Since the Georgia offer in the spring Whitaker has been bombarded with attention from schools around the South and the rest of the nation.

"Georgia and Clemson were the first two to offer," he said. "FSU, I think, is going to be the next because I am getting a lot of mail from them right now. Oklahoma, Tennessee and Alabama have been talking with me a lot, too."

So Georgia has some stuff competition. As usual (it seems these day) the top school fighting Georgia for the defensive tackle is Clemson. The Tigers have made a habit of getting in touch with top prospects in Georgia and staying on them hard during the recruiting process.

"I'm not going to lie Clemson as really nice," he said. "It is in the middle of nowhere; you kind of go over a hill and it's right there."

Whitaker camped in the upstate earlier this year. Still, the defensive tackle has been focused not just on recruiting – he said he's ready for Warner Robbins to return to the playoffs and beyond.

"Things are going better for us – the little things are coming together for us," he said. "I think last year were played around too much, even me. We do not want to be 3-7 – that's on the mind of all of us. We are not going to take a play off. We want to make good plays and be consistent. We need to go 100% off the field, too."

As far as recruiting goes, there is a timetable in place for the Warner Robbins star. He said he's still got time to make a final decision, but that he's ready to move forward with narrowing things down soon.

"I am going to make the top five soon, but Clemson and Georgia are already in it. I hope to make the decision about that before September. We have our first game on August 29, and I want to have the top five before then," he said.

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