Fast forward almost 11 months and Whitfield is now saying that he's no longer committed to the Canes and plans on checking out other schools. What exactly does this mean?
"I just wanna be able to enjoy the process and see what other schools are all about," Whitfield told me earlier this week.
That probably means Whitfield wasn't being recruited as hard as he'd like to be. Since his commitment to the Canes recruiting action for him has slowed way down -- and understandably so. He sees friend and teammate Devin Washington collecting scholarship offers left and right. Washington (6-3/225) is a defensive end who visited Miami with Whitfield back in January and wants to be a Hurricane. Miami hasn't offered, however, even though 20 schools now have.
Washington never committed anywhere. That's why the offers keep coming. Whitfield did, and they have stopped coming in at such a rapid pace. Kermit probably wants to start getting them again, so he can have some options.
Over half of the players who make early commitments to major programs end up taking official visits later in the process. Even before he de-committed, Whitifled planned on being one of those players. He claims offers from Clemson and West Virginia among others and says he's also interested in Florida State and Florida.
At 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds, Whitfield might be the fastest player in this year's class in Florida. Very few 5-foot-8 players sign BCS scholarships in Florida and the ones who do have something elite. Whitfield has elite level speed.
The Canes don't have a wide receiver commitment now. They will likely take just one or two in the 2013 class and they have offers out to a few players, including Tampa Jesuit's Travis Johnson (6-3/210 and with 36 offers). They'll likely continue recruiting and evaluating Whitfield but it's no sure thing that he'll end up in this recruiting class. If he's out looking around at other schools, Miami will likely be out looking around at other players.
Stay on Scout.com for more coverage of this and for future updates on the talented junior receiver who caught 10 passes for 226 yards and four scores last season.