Chaz Whittaker finished his junior season with 800 receiving yards and six touchdowns on offense, while averaging 12 tackles a game from his spot in the defensive backfield. He also finished with an interception and three forced fumbles on defense. As a result of his performance on defense, schools are recruiting him as a safety.
Whittaker has been to Pitt a few times. He's also heard from such schools as Maryland, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Notre Dame. He's been impressed with what he's seen of the Panthers, but it might not be what he's looking for in a school overall.
"I like Pitt, but I don't want to go there because I want to get out of Pittsburgh because of a lot of distractions," Whittaker added.
Maryland is a place that Whittaker has turned his focus to. He's been to College Park for their junior day, and has plans to get back there at least a couple more times.
"I went to Maryland's junior day," Whittaker said. "It's cool. It's real nice. It's a real good school. I like it. As of right now, I'll probably go to Maryland's camp, and probably Syracuse's camp. That's probably it."
Whittaker also feels he will benefit from participating in the Badger Sports New Level Athletics 7-on-7 passing tournament, where he was a member of the Western PA Swag team.
"It helps you get better, and it helps you get exposure," Whittaker said. "I feel like I'm a step ahead of everybody. I feel more comfortable with what's going on. We're actually really close friends."