D.L. Wilhite Profile
Lexington (Ky.) is home to one of the most unique athletes in the Southeast in D.L. Wilhite. The 6-foot-3, 235 pounder is not your prototypical players at his size, wanting to play running back at the next level.
"Running back is where all the schools are recruiting me," Wilhite said, "Purdue, West Virginia and everyone else, they are all good with where I wanna play. They like me as an athlete. They see that I can do a lot of things. Running is back is all I know. I've always played running back my whole life."
The idea of playing in the backfield at the next level, has already opened the eyes of recruiters across the area.
Wilhite recently transferred to Bryan Station High School, home to former running back Eric Shelton, who starred at Florida State and Louisville before playing in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers. Formerly, the powerful Bluegrass product played at Paris High School.
"My main concern is academics," Wilhite insisted. "I wanna goto a school thats degree offers alot of weight. First and foremost, I wanna shot to play running back. The school that offers that, plus academics and then what they can offer moving forward in football; that's the school I'm gonna choose."
Despite the early attention, the Kentucky product still wants to wait a little longer before he makes a decision.
"I'm still kinda open," the versatile athlete insisted. "I hope to make a decision soon, but everyday it gets harder. You think one school stands out, but then another school offers or starts recruiting you hard."
Does anyone stand out?
"I like the ones that have offered (West Virginia and Purdue), but Kentucky is my home state school and I live like three minutes from campus," Wilhite stated. "My mom, she works for the UK hospital and it'd be nice to have her there. I'd like to see what happens with them, first."
The Wildcats are strapped fo scholarships this season, but Kentucky hopes to make a decision soon about the future of the area standout. "I talk to Coach Chuck Smith, alot," D.L. confirmed. "They told me that they want to re-evaluate me."
"I guess the situation this year is hard, because they don't have alot of scholarships to give," Wilhite continued, "I respect that, because I know they wanna bring in the best kids they can. They just told me that they wanna see more film on me and maybe later in the summer, if I do all the things that I'm supposed to do and if I keep working hard, they'd offer me."
Until then, the standout running back will wait patiently and accordingly for the right school to stand out from the rest of the pack.
"Most of the time people think of a guy like me as some oversized guy that beats people up and rolls over people," Wilhite explained. "That's not just my game, though. I have a whole lot of agility for someone my size. I've been playing the game my whole life and I think I've got a pretty complete game. I'm not the strongest, but I'm strong. I'm not the fastest, but I'm fast for my size and I break alot of tackles at the same time."
Video: D.L. Wilhite (Source: YouTube)