"I wanted to go to college in-state, and that's always where I wanted to go. My family is full of Wolfpack fans so we're happy right now."
Whaley started at defensive tackle for Wilson (NC) Hunt, recording 45 tackles and eight sacks as a junior. Standing 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, Whaley has been timed at 5.1 in the 40-yard dash and pointed out that he is being recruited to play on the other side of the ball at NC State.
"State recruited me for the offensive line," said Whaley. "I'm going to play offensive guard. That's fine with me, I'll do whatever is best for the team.
"They asked me to play offensive guard at camp, and they liked me there. I've got to keep learning the technique, but I know I can do it because I played it my first two years in high school. I didn't play last year because my team needed me more on defense, but I'm going to try and do both ways this year if I can."
Whaley was receiving interest from North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Duke prior to committing to NC State.
Pack Pride will have more on NC State's latest commitment so stay tuned!