John Whitelaw has guided his Hinsdale Central team (10-2) into the class 8A semifinals.
"As a team, we're doing better than anyone else expected. We, however, expected to be here. For our team, it's no surprise that we keep winning and proving people wrong."
In their playoff victory over previously unbeaten Bolingbrook, the 6'1" quarterback ran for 125 yards on 20 carries and passed for 66 yards on 7 of 10 attempts. Excluding last weekend's quarterfinal victory, John has amassed 1725 passing yards on 110 completions with 992 yards rushing on 137 carries.
"Personally, it's been a better season than I had last year as a soph. Physically, it's just understanding the game pretty much. I've been really happy with my own game."
What has made John such a dangerous dual-threat quarterback?
"I think just being able to run and pass. My coaches do a great job helping me understand breaking down defenses and what to do against certain defenses. It's helped me advance as a quarterback."
Still, he acknowledges he must improve his game to succeed in college.
"I need to work on my arm strength to be play at a big time level. I need to just keep studying film and keep working in the weight room. I need to work on my footwork and basic fundamentals that a quarterback needs. If I keep working at those, then I'll be pretty well off."
Although he has no official offers at this point, John has received much interest from colleges across the nation.
"No, I have no official offers. I've been talking to Stanford a little bit. Northwestern, Iowa, Indiana, Duke, Arizona, Colorado have been in contact. Hopefully more will keep calling and hopefully an offer will come.
"I don't have a favorite, but I would like to hear from teams like Illinois and Michigan because they run a similar offense to us. I want to play quarterback in college. Hearing from those kinds of teams would show me that I'm running it well. I won't rule out switching positions, but it would depend on the system and program."
Growing up in the Land of Lincoln, does John have a favorite team?
"I never had a true dedication to a team growing up. I like watching really good games and following really good players. I never got too into certain teams. Though, my dad went to Vanderbilt so I've been following them for fun. I'd be interested in them as well."
John has no future visits planned at this point, but has been to a couple of schools.
"I went to Northwestern for a one day camp this past summer. I also went out to see Stanford last spring. I really like it out there, it's hard not to. I'm going to play it by ear for further visits. I want to see who is interested in me and to see where I should invest my time."
John has a 5.0 GPA on a 5.0 GPA scale.