Signee Spotlight: Cody Whitehair
"It was a great day," said Cody Whitehair. "We had a ceremony planned at my school with the players, coaches and my family, but we ended up not having school that day due to six inches of snow and 50 mile-per-hour winds. I still faxed in my letter of intent at the school with my family and a couple of coaches."
After receiving the fax, the Wildcat coaching staff was eager to welcome Whitehair aboard. "Yeah first I talked to Michael Smith who was my recruiting coordinator and Charlie Dickey who'll be my position coach," he said. "Then later I got to speak to Coach Bill Snyder. They were telling me how happy they were to have me as part of the family, to now be a member of the team, and that they looked forward to seeing me this summer. It was a great feeling and also a great relief to get it over with."
Whitehair, 6-5.5, 305, committed to K-State in November after his junior season at Abilene. He also had offers from Oklahoma State and Colorado State. Whitehair dissuaded any overtures stating he was "strong" to the Wildcats and concentrated his efforts on his senior season at Abilene.
"I feel like I overcame a lot this season," Whitehair said. "My footwork improved, I got stronger, and quicker off the ball. Plus, we had a great season going 10-1 to make for a special senior year."
Whitehair, a four year starter at Abilene, was named All-Area (North Central Kansas), All-Conference (Offensive Line and Defensive Tackle), All-State (4A), and All-Kansas Elite 11 as a senior. On the defensive line he made 120 tackles (70 solo) and 14 sacks.
"Beating Topeka Haden in my junior year was one of my favorite moments as a player," Whitehair said of his high school career. "This year going 9-0 during the regular season and winning the conference was a big accomplishment I'm proud to have been a part of."
After the season, Whitehair waited patiently for signing day, but got to make a trip to Manhattan the last weekend of January for his official visit.
"My host was B.J. Finney from Andale, Kansas," Whitehair said. "He's also an offensive lineman. We had a good time. We had meetings to go to with Coach Snyder and the staff. They took us around campus to look to the school of our major. We got to see more of the town.
"Manhattan's a great community, and I think I'm going to fit right in. I've been to quite a few games and know a lot of the players and they all treat me great, so I know what to expect going in. I've met a few of the other guys in the class like Daniel Sams, Sam Harvill, and Mike Moore, who I hung around with on the official."
Whitehair was given a signee spring workout plan by the coaches to give him an idea of what K-State does in the weight room and conditioning. He is working hard preparing himself to go in Big 12 ready.
"Every player says they want to play right away, and I feel the same way," said Whitehair. "I'm going in to compete, but if I don't get a chance I'd be happy to take advantage of redshirting. It would give me an extra year to adapt to the system and keep getting stronger."
Reflecting back on his decision, Whitehair has no second thoughts on what he's known for the past 15 months of being a Kansas State commitment.
"The coaches treat you like family," Whitehair said. "They cared more about the players as people. Some of the other schools will show you their nice facilities and try to sell you on all that, but the staff at Kansas State is about building good relationships. With football, I really like the schemes they run and think I'll do well in their offense."
Whitehair is currently on the Abilene basketball team and averages 10 points and six rebounds per game. In the spring he throws the shot put on the track team and was top seven in the state last year. Abilene's graduation is on May 25th, and Whitehair will arrive in Manhattan on June 4th. He plans on majoring in Animal Science and Industry.
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