"I've been hearing more from the Tar Heels as far as letter wise and ‘Rabbit' – Michael Waddell of the Tennessee Titans – me and him we have talked a lot," explained Whitley. "Rabbit has been through the program and at a higher level now so he knows a lot of things that happen at the college level and he tries to teach things to me."
One lesson Waddell has already taught Whitley is to go through the recruiting process with an open mind and choose a school based on his own needs and not others. Thus far Whitley, who is also being recruited by Clemson, Wake Forest, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Nebraska, and UCLA, has taken his advice.
"I'm just trying to be open to everybody," remarked Whitley. "I don't want to pin-point one college right now; I just want to keep my options open."
Whitley will get a better look at Chapel Hill on March 6th when he unofficially visits North Carolina for Junior Day.
While Waddell owns countless receiving and returning records at Richmond Senior, with just one season as a starter, Whitley's name dominates the school's record book in most rushing categories. Last season, Whitley rushed 290 times for a record 2,666 yards and 33 touchdowns.