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Brian Whitmore is getting very excited because the state playoffs are just around the corner. The talented two-way lineman from Chesapeake (Va.) Smith is having an excellent senior season.

"We're 9-0 and I've been playing on both sides," Whitmore said. "I've been playing defensive end and offensive tackle. On defense, my quickness just beats people. On offense, they put me at tackle and I have the quickness to shut down the top opposing pass rushers."

Brian Whitmore, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, has been playing football since 7th grade.

"I played two years in middle school and I've been starting here ever since," he said. "I've gotten bigger and things just really came together for me last season. Now I'm just having lots of fun out there."

Whitmore, who will be a district favorite throwing the discus in track season this year, has become one of the top defensive prospects in the state of Virginia.

"Recruiting's been going great," he said. "I'm trying to narrow my list down before the playoffs start. I have so many great offers -- Miami, Virginia Tech, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, a bunch of them. I'm just trying to stay open to everyone right now."

When asked if any of those schools stood out above the rest, he quickly talked about two of them.

"Miami and Virginia Tech are my two favorite teams," he said. "I watched their game last week. Man, Miami came focused. They stopped Virginia Tech pretty good. It was good watching my two favorite teams."

With the Hokies being from his home state, it's obvious why they're on his list of favorites. Where did his interest in Miami come from?

"Ever since I started watching college football, I've liked them," he said. "The success they've had, the players they've produced, it's been impressive. Coach Hargreaves calls a lot. They offered me a scholarship at the end of my junior year. Miami will definitely be getting a visit after the season."

Distance could end up being a factor in his final decision. In fact, he spoke with his parents about that recently.

"My parents make it to every game," he said. "If I end up going to Miami, it may be too far for them to come all the time. Virginia Tech, they can just drive over and not have a problem. Miami's kinda far. But right now, I haven't thought too much about it. I just want to feel like I fit in around the players and stuff. And my parents have to be pleased with the coaches."

Whitmore has not yet scheduled any visits. The only other school he mentioned in terms of getting a visit is the University of Florida.

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