Whitley Returns From Unofficial

Butler (NC) Matthews defensive back Eddie "E.J." Whitley made the short drive to Raleigh on Wednesday with his parents for an unofficial visit to NC State.

Butler (NC) Matthews defensive back E.J. Whitley made the short drive to Raleigh on Wednesday with his parents for an unofficial visit to NC State.

"It was a real good visit," said Whitley. "They toured us around the campus, I went to the dorms, and I saw the academic center with my parents. We also got to watch them practice. It was very good."

Whitley already has offers from NC State, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, ECU, Marshall, Duke, Louisville, and Vanderbilt. All the schools are recruiting him to play either free safety or cornerback. Where does NC State feel he may project best?

"I was looking at the corners most of the time," he said. "I think NC State sees me as a good-sized corner. I think they would use me as a cornerback up there."

The talented rising senior believed his parents enjoyed the visit as well.

"My parents really liked it," said Whitley. "My mom is a teacher and she really liked the academics and the graduation rates that the staff there has had. My dad prefers me to be in-state anyways so I know he liked it."

Whitley attended this past weekend's Shrine Bowl combine and was one of the most impressive performers. He measured in at 6-0 ½, 169 pounds and ran 40-yard dashes of 4.4 and 4.46-seconds. At the conclusion of the event, he spoke with Pack Pride about his recruitment and named NC State his leader.

"They are still my leader because coach Reed is so cool and everything like that, but there are some other schools right behind them."

Whitley stated that he didn't receive any pressure from NC State to make a decision. In fact, the Wolfpack coaching staff felt he should take his time.

"They didn't put any pressure on me at all," he said. "They just said to make the right choice for me, but that is the childhood school that I've been looking at ever since I was young. The coaches told me to take my time and make the right choice. I actually liked that I didn't feel any pressure from them."

He will visit a couple of more schools in the near future.

"I still have to go visit more schools," said Whitley. "I went to Virginia already, and my parents still need to go see all the schools I want to go visit.

"We're trying to put a visit with [North] Carolina on the calendar, and my parents would need to visit Virginia Tech too. I still need to go see those two schools."

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