As a decision for Katy (Texas) High School safety Travis Whillock inches closer, he added another Power 5 offer to his mix late last week.
Already holding offers from Boston College, Kansas, Northwestern and Wisconsin, Whillock added an offer from Iowa State when he called assistant Tommy Mangino. Whillock is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety and sure tackler.
“Coach Mangino actually came down a couple weeks ago this spring,” Whillock said. “He came to a spring practice and he talked to us a little bit. He just gave us his card and stuff and then the past week I got a couple more letters and then he [messaged me] on Twitter and said to call him. I called him and that’s when he offered me.”
Whillock, who finished with 100 tackles and three interceptions last season at Katy, said Iowa State was impressed with his film and ability to tackle. While all schools are offering Whillock at safety, some have told him he could switch to nickel or outside linebacker if he gets bigger in the years ahead.
To this point, Whillock is only somewhat familiar with Iowa State.
“I’m not too familiar with them but I know obviously they’re in the Big 12, so a prestigious conference,” Whillock said. “I’ve been able to follow them a little from a football aspect and then academics I’ll be able to talk to Coach Mangino a little on that. I think I want to do business or something like that and he said their business program is pretty good. So I just need to do more research and stuff.”
Whillock has already visited Northwestern and will visit Wisconsin this weekend. Iowa State has talked to the safety about a possible visit on June 20, but Whillock is still waiting to see if it’ll work with his summer schedule.
Currently, Whillock said Wisconsin is probably at the top of his list because of his pending visit while Northwestern and Houston are also among his early top three out of the 11 teams that have offered.
Ultimately, a decision could come in the next three weeks.
“Probably sometime later in June [I’ll make a decision],” Whillock said of his timeline. “Honestly, factors are probably coaches making it feel like a family environment, because if you’re going to go somewhere for four years and not like the coaches that’s probably not going to be a good experience. Then academics because after football you have to get a job. I need to have a good degree.
“Then obviously being able to be competitive at football. I know we’re not going to win every game, but I want to be able to be competitive and be in every game.”