Whitley Decision Coming Soon

6-1, 175-pound Matthews (NC) Butler defensive back Eddie Whitley has narrowed his list of schools to N.C. State and Virginia Tech.

6-1, 175-pound defensive back Eddie Whitley has narrowed his list of schools to N.C. State and Virginia Tech. The Matthews (N.C.) star, one of three top rising senior defensive back recruits out of Butler High School, intends to announce his college intentions in the very near future.

"You'll probably hear my decision next week," Whitley said.

"I'm just going to tell the coaches. I'm not sure which day it will be. It depends on how things go. Whatever day I feel like doing it, I'll do it."

Last month, Whitley made visits to both of his favorites. First was a trip to Virginia Tech for the June 9th camp. He then visited N.C. State for camp later in the month.

"I went to N.C. State for their first camp," Whitley said. "I wish I could have went to the second camp to talk to Terrell Manning and Brandon Barnes, but I did talk to Mike Glennon for the first time. I had an injury so I couldn't participate, but I could see how the coaches coach and everything."

Whitley had a terrific visit to Virginia Tech, but the N.C. State trip went very, very well also. "I really like the campus and the atmosphere around it," Whitley said of N.C. State. "I really felt like I could just go there and feel comfortable around everybody and in the environment. The coaches made me feel like part of a family. Coach Bridge and I are real, real close. We talk about football and family matters...he is a real good coach and I like how he treats me like family. Coach Reed is a good defensive backs coach. He is professional. He has been in the pros, so he has been around the best of the best. That's good."

Last month, Whitley stated that he was going to return to Virginia Tech with his parents on July 16th. At this point, the trip is still on.

"I'm going to try to get there," Whitley said. "My mom is coming back in town on the 15th, so we'll probably leave the next day if she is up to it."

Asked if he was leaning to one school in particular, Whitley replied, "I have an idea of where I want to go. I need to check back over some things before I know for sure, but I think I know."

What is the most important factor in this decision?

"Really, it is the atmosphere," Whitley answered. "I'm looking at the campus and the atmosphere if the coaches weren't there."

A standout safety for head coach Mike Newsome, Whitley is being recruiting initially as a cornerback by Virginia Tech. He is excited to get this decision out of the way in order to focus on his senior season.

"I'm going to focus on my team," Whitley said. "I'm going to help bring some of the younger guys along and team them how to play safety. Maybe they'll be going through my situation later in their careers, too."

Regarded as one of the top 15 prospects in the state of North Carolina, Whitley made over 100 tackles and had six interceptions as a junior in 2006.

He narrowed his list to Hokies and Wolfpack after strongly considering offers from North Carolina, Virginia, Louisville, Oregon, Georgia, Maryland, Duke, and Cal among others.

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