Whitley Names a Top Two

Of his experience at Virginia Tech on Saturday, Butler (Matthews, N.C.) standout defensive back Eddie Whitley said, "I loved it up there." The visit truly seems to have made a big impression on the 6-1, 175-pound prospect and a college decision could be made by next month.

Of his experience at Virginia Tech on Saturday, Butler (Matthews, N.C.) standout defensive back E.J. Whitley said, "I loved it up there." The visit truly seems to have made a big impression on the 6-1, 175-pound prospect and a college decision could be made by next month.

"Virginia Tech is one of my favorite schools," Whitley said. "Them and N.C. State are high on my list. It'll probably be between them two. I'll probably move up my decision to next month."

Whitley is impressed with Tech's tradition and coaching staff.

"The defensive history they have is very prestigious," Whitley said. "I like Coach Gray. He is the man. Coach Beamer is cool. Coach Sherman is nice. He made me feel like they were my family. We were all comfortable around each other."

He was also impressed with the amount of talent assembled in Blacksburg on Saturday.

"When I went to Virginia Tech, I saw a whole bunch of prospects up there," Whitley said. "Dyrell Roberts, the wide receiver, was up there. Marcus Davis was up there. That's a big dude right there. We went against each other in one-on-ones. Terrell Manning was up there just for a visit.

"I think Virginia Tech is a good situation for me. Brandon Flowers is up there and he has shown what he can do. The coaches were saying that most of their corners are seniors or could be leaving early for the draft, so there is a good chance I could come in and make an impact. It opened my eyes."

N.C. State and Virginia Tech are the top two, but there could be a third strong contender by the end of June.

"I still have a visit to Virginia this month, too," Whitley said. "I'm probably going up to Virginia on the 25th for camp. I think I'll take that visit. I like both of the Grohs. They make me feel comfortable. If Virginia makes a good impression, I might have to push back my decision some more."

In addition to the trip to Charlottesville, Whitley plans to visit N.C. State later this month. He plans to return to Blacksburg on July 16th with his parents.

A commitment could come soon after those visits.

"Right now, I just want to make a commitment to know I'll be going somewhere," Whitley said. "I might take official visits, but when I make my commitment I'll probably be full fledged to that school."


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