Whitehead Attracts Early Interest

Jordan Whitehead worked out at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, and took a couple of unofficial visits elsewhere.

Jordan Whitehead is entering his junior year, and already he's received a lot of interest from a lot of schools.

As a sophomore last year, Whitehead rushed for 918 yards on offense, picked off three passes on defense, scoring 13 total touchdowns.

His team, Central Valley, has only been in existence for three seasons, where they've gone a collective 30-8 under head coach Mark Lyons. The fact that Whitehead and his teammates are still setting the bar for future teams is a minor thing.

"The only people that talk about that are the teachers and the adults," Whitehead said. They talk about how we've been together for three years, and how we're winning. We're a winning team."

Despite being a fairly young program, that doesn't stop him and his teammates from setting lofty goals.

"Our team goal, we want to go to Heinz (for the WPIAL Championship), and then states," Whitehead said. "I want to get past Heinz Field like it's a regular game."

This offseason started for Whitehead at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus in early June. He worked out with the corners, but was limited due to an injury suffered in track season.

"It was good, but I hurt my hamstring in track season," Whitehead said. "I was going to try and take it slower, but I still did pretty good. There was a lot of running, so my leg got tired. I just stopped. I didn't want to hurt it more."

Despite that, he said he's still been getting a lot of interest. He didn't participate in many camps, but he listed the schools who have inquired about him.

"Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Rutgers," Whitehead said. "I went down to Pitt, went down to Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia."

Specifically, he talked about a couple trips to Pittsburgh and Ohio State.

"I'm close with (Pitt) because when D-Rob (Robert Foster) was here, (receivers) coach Bobby Engram, he was his recruiter," Whitehead said. "He always brought me in, talking to me. Ohio State, that was good. Coach Luke Fickell was the recruiter. I feel close to him. I like them, too."

Central Valley's 2013 opener will be one of the marquee matchups in the WPIAL on opening weekend. In a conference matchup, the Warriors host New Castle, which features four-star receiver Malik Hooker.

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