Will Whitehurst Still Visit Rutgers?

Gainesville (Fla.) middle linebacker Tashon Whitehurst, who remains a soft verbal commit to Syracuse, had plans to visit Rutgers and other schools after his official visit to Syracuse. After returning home from his visit, will Whitehurst still visit Rutgers?

Linebacker Tashon Whitehurst remains a soft verbal commitment to Syracuse after taking his official visit last week, but will continue to explore the options available to him, he said.

The Gainesville (Fla.) linebacker verbally committed to Syracuse in July, but plans to keep looking for the best situation.

"I'm still a soft verbal to Syracuse," Whitehurst said. "I'm solid to them, but I haven't signed yet or anything. I'm still going to take my visits."

Whitehurst's visit to Syracuse went well and re-affirmed his verbal commitment, he said. But it did not do enough to keep him from taking more official visits before National Signing Day.

"Syracuse was good," Whitehurst said. "I had a lot of fun. I learned a lot of stuff about them, about the program. I enjoyed myself."

Whitehurst will officially visit Rutgers Jan. 20 and USF the week after, he said. Iowa State is in the picture, along with Marshall and UCF.

"I still have Rutgers and USF," Whitehurst said. "I want to take those visits, make sure I'm happy with my decision and seeing everything,"

No head coaches had in-home visits with Whitehurst during the last two weeks, but five separate schools sent assistants to visit him.

For Rutgers, it was running backs coach Chris Hewitt, who recruits his area.

"He's a really straight-up guy," Whitehurst said. "He's a real man. He explains a lot to me. He's a real-life dude. He's a really nice coach. I've known a lot of coaches that aren't real, but Coach Hewitt isn't like that."

For Rutgers, the Jan. 20 weekend is the final big visitor weekend of the year, with many of the top players in New Jersey scheduled to visit along with Whitehurst and a handful of others.

Whitehurst said he expects to remain a soft verbal to Syracuse through is visits and to decide for sure once he has seen everything.

"I'm open to anything," Whitehurst said. "It's not all the way until Signing Day, when I'll be 100 percent on my choice."

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