Alief Taylor (Houston, Texas) High School defensive tackle Kobie Whiteside saw his recruiting pick up in the final days and weeks before Signing Day, including receiving new interest from the University of Missouri.
We spoke with his high school coach, Brian Randle, on Sunday to find out more about the 6-foot-1, 304-pounder.
Black & Gold Illustrated: What kind of player would Missouri be getting in Whiteside?
Randle: “He’s the hardest-working kid I’ve coached and I’ve been in the game for a long time now. That kid’s a gym rat. He’s 635 (pounds) on the squat, 405 on the bench. We have to run him out of the weight room. All that kid wants to do is lift weights and play football. Great kid. You’re not gonna have any off-the-field trouble, any off-the-field problems with him because he’s just focused on his goals.”
Black & Gold Illustrated: Why didn’t Whiteside get more recruiting attention?
Randle: “Because of his height. His size. They knocked him on his size. … He reminds me of Casey Hampton because Casey’s not the tallest guy in the world but could play football at a high level. Well, Kobie’s very similar to that. Kobie’s not very tall. If Kobie was two inches taller Kobie would be able to go anywhere he wanted to go. But he’s just not that tall. He was the defensive MVP in the district this year and we’re in a district with George Ranch and Pearland and Pearland Dawson and Kobie was one of the main reasons we won the district. He’s just an outstanding kid and an outstanding player. People were scared to take a chance on somebody, I guess, because they don’t meet their quota on height and weight and all that kind of stuff. I think (Missouri) did a good thing by offering that kid.”
Black & Gold Illustrated: How did you guys use him at Alief Taylor?
Randle: “Kobie was a four-year letterman. His freshman year he started on the offensive line. Then they moved him to D-line. He played the 3 (technique). He played the 1. This year he went both ways. He played a little right tackle and the 3-technique for us. He’s one of those kids that can do that. He works so damn hard to where he’s in shape to where he can actually physically do it. He gets upset when he has to come off the field. Because we’re scared he’s gonna get hurt. He’s an iron man. He’s kind of a throwback.”
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