Whitley: 'It Was Fun'

Matthews (NC) Butler defensive back Eddie Whitley had hoped to camp at NC State but a minor injury kept him on the sidelines.

Matthews (NC) Butler defensive back E.J. Whitley had hoped to camp at NC State but a minor injury kept him on the sidelines.

"NC State's camp went well," said Whitley. "I didn't work out because I have a bruised knee, but I had a good time watching the drills and watching my teammates work out.

"[Jacob Charest] looked real good. Both of my teammates looked real sharp."

Whitley admitted that he felt like he is a major priority for NC State, as the coaches let it known to him how important he is to their recruiting class.

"They weren't trying to push me into committing or anything, but I feel I am one of their top guys at defensve back," he stated. "All of the coaches were talking with me and it was fun being up there."

Whitley spent much of his time watching defensive backs coach Mike Reed instruct the campers in drills.

"Coach Reed pushes everybody to the limit," said Whitley. "I feel like he will get the best out of you. He's a real cool guy.

"He was telling me that he's going to push me as hard as he can, but he would never try and get me to do something he can't do. He told me that I'm their guy at defensive back."

While Whitley was at camp, word started circulating that in-state linebacker Dwayne Maddox had verbaled to the Wolfpack. Whitley heard the news and believes it is a plus for NC State.

"That's a big-time commitment for NC State," he said. "I know he is one of the best linebackers in the state. He was on the way up to Raleigh and I wanted to talk with him more about it but I had to leave early so I didn't get to meet up with him.

"I think they are building a great recruiting class. I called Terrell Manning to tell him about the commitment. I've been in contact with Terrell ever since seeing him up at Virginia Tech."

Joining Whitley in Raleigh was his mother and sister.

"My mom and sister came up, but they dropped me off and spent time with my relatives," he said. "A lot of family on my dad's side lives in Raleigh, so my mom and sister were with them all day shopping. That side of my family has never seen me really play football so I think that would be a plus... having them watch me play."

The Evaluation period was good to Whitley, who 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.

Previously he stated that he was down to NC State and Virginia Tech with a trip to Blacksburg remaining before making a decision in July. Is that still the case?

"It is a tie between NC State and Virginia Tech," said Whitley. "We are going to visit Virginia Tech and then go back to NC State one more time after that because I want to decide in July.

"I want to go back to NC State now because I want my dad to get to meet coach Reed. My mom got to spend some time with him today and I want my dad to because he couldn't come."


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