Whitmer Waiting To Hear More

Over the next couple weeks, college football teams will be wrapping up their regular seasons, and coaches will have the time to turn their attentions towards recruiting, as they prepare for bowl games.

During that time, Chandler Whitmer is expecting a lot of feedback.

The class-of-2010 quarterback from Downers Grove, Ill., was at Notre Dame this past weekend for the Syracuse game, his third time on campus.

"It was awesome," the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Whitmer stated. He was also in South Bend for the Michigan game and a one-day camp back in the summer. "I got to spend a little more time with the coaches this weekend. I talked to coach (Rob) Ianello and coach (Ron) Powlus. Coach Ianello had watched my tape and coach Powlus is going to watch it after the USC game."

Whitmer already holds an Illinois offer, and has attended a game at Northwestern. This weekend he will be at Oklahoma State for the Oklahoma game, and the following Saturday, will be at Arizona for the Arizona State contest.

"Most of them have said the same thing as Notre Dame," Whitmer said. "In between the season and the bowl game, they'll evaluate things and really hit it hard in January and February. We'll see what happens."

This past season, Whitmer completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns. The two-year starter also rushed for three scores, and had only four interceptions, as Downers Grove South finished 7-3.

Whitmer just found out he was one of four players nominated for the Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year Award for the state of Illinois, joining Wisconsin commit Jon Budmayr, Northwestern commit Evan Watkins and Darren Jones. Whitmer is the only junior, and Ianello liked what he saw of him on film.

"He said I looked really good," Whitmer began. "After he saw me at the one-day camp, and watching my tape, he thinks I compare well to (Jimmy) Clausen and (Dayne) Crist. My arm strength was right up there with them, and that was encouraging. Once they watch it as a group, I'll get more feedback.

"He said they will probably take two quarterbacks in the class, and offer five or six, so hopefully I can be one of those."

The 24-23 loss to Syracuse, and freezing temperatures, didn't spoil Whitmer's visit to Notre Dame.

"Overall it was a great trip. Wish they could've pulled off a win, but the campus, there is something magical about it, and the facilities are top notch, and I got to stand in the end zone the second half of the game, so that was pretty good too."

Whitmer has seen all the recent Notre Dame bashing on television, and he isn't fazed by it. He feels the Irish program is moving in the right direction.

"The team is very young," Whitmer said. "It would be real exciting to work with young talent like that. It's Notre Dame, so you're going to get the media attention and all that, it comes with the territory. Especially being a quarterback there. But you learn to handle it, and with the young talent, I think they're moving in the right direction."

Whitmer expects to see coach Ianello at his school in between the USC game and the bowl game.

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