Whitlock Scheduling UNC Visit

Scout.com four-star athlete Charles Whitlock narrowed down his list from approximately 40 scholarship offers down to five schools recently with North Carolina making the cut.

"As far as I can say, it's the coaching staff," Whitlock said. "The coaching staff is nice and down to earth. That is as far as I can say until I take my official [visit] down there."

By the end of this week, Whitlock, who has never visited Chapel Hill, will get up with Sam Pittman, his UNC recruiting coordinator, to put the finishing touches on his UNC official visit plans.

"I think he said the Maryland game (on November 3rd)," Whitlock said. "That's good with me."

Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and South Carolina round out the remainder of Whitlock's final five.

"It was just the coaches [at all of those schools]," Whitlock said. "Those coaches stayed on me the most."

This past weekend Whitlock began his official visit tour when he traveled to Tuscaloosa to check out Alabama.

"Man, it was awesome down there," Whitlock said. "I loved it down there. When I was walking to that game, the fans were calling my name and stuff like that. The game was awesome – I loved it. It's a great football environment down there."

Whitlock will officially visit Florida on Thanksgiving weekend (November 24th) when the Gators host in-state rival Florida State. He is still in the scheduling phases with Clemson and South Carolina and plans tol make his collegiate decision after taking all five official trips.

Of his finalists, the Gamecocks are in the minority in recruiting Whitlock as a receiver. The other four schools like the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder as a defensive back.

For Chester (S.C.) High School, Whitlock stars at both positions and lines up at many others including quarterback, running back, kick and punt returner, and punter. He has collected 219 yards and three touchdowns in receptions.

While he says the position he is projected to play won't be a role in Whitlock's collegiate decision, several factors outside of football will.

"I want to know if I go to that school I'm going to come out a better person," said Whitlock. "I want to go somewhere where I know I'm going to get my degree. And the environment [is important, too]."

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