Whitley Changes Up His Favorites

Pack Pride has the latest on Eddie Whitley's top schools and where NC State may fit in.

6-1, 175-pound CB/S Eddie Whitley has a busy month of June planned. The Butler (Matthews, N.C.) standout junior already has three camps on his schedule, with all three camps being at ACC schools. Whitley is anxious to make many visits this summer, as he hopes to make a commitment by the middle of his senior season.

"I'm hitting Virginia Tech twice," Whitley said of his June visit schedule. "I'm going up with [teammate] R.J. [Blanton] for camp on the 9th. Then I'm coming back with my parents on the 16th. On the 19th, I'm going to N.C. State for their camp. Coach O'Brien has given a good impression so far. I like when my mom and my dad like the coaches. I'm going to Virginia on the 26th. It's a camp, but my parents are going with me. My dad is a football man, so he knows a lot of defensive schemes and will be able to help find a good fit for me."

Whitley has made previous visits to Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"They are already in my top list," Whitley said of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Both programs have offered. "I like both of them. Virginia has great academics and is one of the top public schools in the nation. It is a great school and a great campus. I love the campus. With Virginia Tech, I loved the atmosphere up there when I went to a game. A lot of reporters have asked me if the tragedy there has changed my mind about them, but that didn't faze me. That could happen anywhere."

North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech, Whitley's top four schools last month, continue to be very serious contenders. The talented defensive back lists an all new top 4 this time around, though.

"As the offers have come in, my dad has liked a couple of colleges," Whitley said. "Maryland and Georgia are a couple of schools that he likes. My mom wants to go to Virginia again. She likes Georgia also. Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Cal, Oregon...the offer list goes on, but the ones that really stick out to me right now are Georgia, Maryland, Oregon and Cal."

Asked why he likes these four schools, Whitley replied, "With Cal and Oregon, I like the offenses in the Pac 10. There are a lot of West Coast offenses, so they like to throw a lot. As a cornerback, that would prepare me if I were to ever get to the NFL. For Maryland, I have family up in Maryland. It would be cool because they have never seen me play. They are my favorite cousins. For Georgia, my dad's side of the family comes from around there. I haven't met that side of the family, so it would be kind of cool to meet them."

The Evaluation period has been good to Whitley, who has added eight Division 1A scholarship offers this month alone and now totals 20 1A offers. As a junior last season, he racked up over 100 tackles and made six interceptions. A "general" at the safety position according to Butler head coach Mike Newsome, Whitley could likely end up at corner on the next level.


Package deal?...

Whitley discussed the possibility that he, R.J. Blanton and Spencer Adams could all end up signing with the same school. Right now, it seems like more of a long shot.

"We were talking to each other recently about favorites," Whitley said. "The only favorite we have that is similar is Virginia Tech. We really don't talk about [going to the same school]. We have three different personalities, so we're not going to go to the same school if we don't all like it. We want to choose schools that fit us."

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