Whitmire Narrowing His Focus

Jay Whitmire is in the process of establishing a list of finalists and hopes to have it complete by the end of the week.

"I want to do this to make it easier on me," Whitmire said. "But it's not only for me, but so coaches have the chance to move on. I think it's time to cut down the list a little bit."

Whitmire says he knows a couple of the schools that will make the cut. However, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from Alexandria (Va.) Williams isn't ready to disclose those "safe" schools.

Whitmire did reveal, however, that North Carolina, a school he has visited four times, has a "pretty good" chance of making the cut.

"I like Coach [Sam] Pittman and it's a really good school," Whitmire said. "I went to a game [last season] and it was a lot of fun. I also like the area around it."

The schools that "mostly" call Whitmire are Boston College, Duke, Maryland, UNC, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Virginia. All of the aforementioned schools have offered.

Most of Whitmire's correspondence with UNC has been with Pittman, the Tar Heels' offensive line coach. However, he has had a few conversations with Charlie Williams, who recruits his area for UNC.

"We just talk about what's going on [and] what they've been up to," Whitmire said.

Whitmire did note the potential impact of the ongoing NCAA investigation.

"Coach Pittman, none of his guys have been affected – all the offensive linemen have been playing," Whitmire said. "I guess if something was going to happen [punishment-wise], that would affect [my feelings towards UNC]. We'll just see what happens and then we'll go from there."

Whitmire hasn't visited any schools since the summer. But he hopes to attend a few games unofficially this season. With Williams playing on Saturday the next couple of weeks, he won't make his first college visit this fall until mid-October.

Following his senior football season, Whitmire plans to take his officials visits.

Whitmire hasn't played a single down this season. A sprained ankle sustained in Williams' final scrimmage has kept him sidelined.

"I rolled [my ankle] pretty bad," Whitmire said. "I've been doing physical therapy trying to get the flexibility and strength back.

"It's been tough [not playing]. But I've been trying to be another coach out there and just help the other guys."

Whitmire says he will definitely return to action on Oct. 9 when Williams hosts Annandale (Va.), but there's an outside chance that he could play Saturday against Springfield (Va.) West.

"It's feeling really good," Whitmire said. "It's not 100-percent, but it feels really good."

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