"It was just better timing for me to wait," said Whaley. "I believe I start on August 1st. My grades are fine. They said everything went through the NCAA Clearinghouse so my grades are fine.
"I talked with the State coaches last Friday. They were just calling and checking in with me to see how everything was going."
Playing both ways for Wilson (NC) Hunt High School, Whaley recorded 100 tackles and 14 sacks over the past two seasons on defense. He tallied 17 pancake blocks as a senior offensive lineman.
Where will he play at NC State?
"I think they are leaning more towards me playing offensive guard," said Whaley. "That's fine with me. I'll play wherever they want me to play at."
Whaley has been a busy man over the past year. He played last season at 260 pounds and has put on nearly 35 pounds of muscle since his season ended while increasing his bench press by 70 pounds.
"I remember the coaches saying they wanted me to be able to play at between 290 and 300 pounds," said Whaley. "Right now I'm 6'4 and 291 pounds. I bench 405 now, and I was benching about 335 pounds back in December.
"All I've done is stay in the weight room. I'm just trying to get as big and as strong as I can get. I'm ready to get there."
Scouting Report: NC State has had a lot of success when moving high school defensive linemen to the offensive line, and that seems to be the plan for Whaley, a high school defensive tackle. Players such as Shane Riggs, Sean Locklear, Dwayne Herndon, and Leroy Harris all benefited from the move, and like them Whaley has a lot of upside as an offensive line prospect.
A high-motor guy, Whaley plays with great intensity and has good explosion out of his stance. He likes to get into the offensive backfield and disrupt plays while going straight ahead. A lean 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, he has the frame to put on another 40 pounds after a redshirt year, and projects as an offensive guard on the next level. With quick feet, good strength, and the nasty attitude needed to play in the trenches, Whaley's best days are ahead of him once he makes the permanent move to offensive line.
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