Whitlow Talks U Offer, Recruitment

With his recent decommitment from Arkansas State, Prattville (Ala.) athlete Jalen Whitlow has reopened his recruitment to many teams, including Minnesota.

"Yes, yes sir," Whitlow simply replied when asked if he had decommitted from Arkansas State. "I found out that coach [Hugh] Freeze left and I just decided to decommit and open up my options."

After opening up his recruitment, Whitlow has been in contact with numerous teams around the country including Minnesota, FIU, Auburn, Florida State Georgia Tech and Arkansas State.

Minnesota, who offered Whitlow last week, has been after the 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete hard.

"Coach Jay Sawvel came down twice already and I talked to him," Whitlow said. "He's a pretty good guy. He told me about the campus, the school, majors, the offense, the coaches and about me taking a visit and going up there. I plan on taking a visit to Minnesota in the near future and also FIU. I'm not sure when yet. I've thought about next weekend, but we'll see."

There are a few elements Whitlow is looking for in a school when he takes his official visits.

"[I'm looking for] a great school, great culture, great coaches, a great place to be," he said. "Some schools want me to play quarterback and some schools want me to play wide receiver. Everything about the school—the offense."

Although he hasn't taken a visit to Minneapolis, Whitlow already knows a lot about his suitors from Minnesota.

"It's a great place," he said. "It's a good school too. It's a top-ten business school and top-ten in something else too. There's great job opportunities. The offense, they run basically the same offense we run at Prattville. They're in a great conference and always on TV so it's good exposure."

At Prattville, Whitlow excelled at quarterback, but Minnesota is recruiting the versatile athlete for wide receiver.

"I'd rather play quarterback but if I have to play receiver I'll play it but I love to play quarterback—I've been playing it all my life," he explained.

Does Whitlow have a time frame for his decision?

"Not really," he said. "Whenever I feel like another school is the right place."

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