Whitehead Playing it Slow

Monaca, Pa., Central Valley speedy cornerback is in no rush to end his football recruitment.

Jordan Whitehead hasn't focused entirely on football recruiting this spring. Track and field has seen to that.

The Monaca, Pa., Central Valley four-star corner is on pace to qualify in the 100 and 200 meters for post-season action. When not running, he and head coach Mark Lyons have been busy hosting college coaches during the evaluation period.

"Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio State were in so far," Whitehead said. "That was the first time I've talked to Maryland."

Everyone else is an old face in the rarely altering hierarchy of Whitehead's recruitment. The Mountaineers, Panthers, Buckeyes and Lions have been mainstays in the 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back's recruiting process.

Penn State received a March visit for a spring practice, as did Ohio State. In April, West Virginia played host to the junior.

"I went down there twice," Whitehead said of the Mountaineers. "They scrimmaged, and we were just watching the coaches coach and the players play.

"They are a great coaching staff. They coach their players as hard as they can, and they like to compete."

Whitehead said he is getting to know WVU's newest assistant coach (and former Penn State defensive coordinator), Tom Bradley. Bradley's trademark sense of humor and knowledge of the Pittsburgh area have already made an impact.

"I did talk to him for a little," Whitehead said. "When I was riding around to my track meets, I'd always see these houses that are huge. He said that's where he lives, and we just laughed and joked around a little bit.

"He just seems like he'll make it better (at West Virginia)."

Penn State stopped by Central Valley Thursday in the form of corners coach Terry Smith.

The Lions impressed the four-star when he visited University Park, and he was pleased to see Smith stop by again.

"I talk to him a lot, so it was nothing really new," Whitehead said. "He tells me they are outstanding in recruiting and asks about track.

"I hear from [Penn State's] verbal commits, but they don't pressure me to commit."

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell made the trip from Columbus to chat with Lyons, and Whitehead said he is trying to build a closer bond with the Buckeye assistant.

The same goes for every school jockeying for Whitehead's services. He's looking for a program with coaches who will shoot straight with him.

As of now, he plans to make his official visits to be sure of it.

"I would say I'm just at the beginning of the recruiting process," Whitehead said. "I'm probably going to wait the whole football season and then decide.

"I think it's just a better idea if I don't know where I want to go," he continued. "I want to take my official visits."


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