Offers No. seven and eight came as surprises to Riverside (Calif.) Community College Isaac Whitney when speaking with coaches this week.
“I was surprised because I wasn’t really talking to any of the coaches before they offered,” Whitney said. “It was kind of out of nowhere, but obviously I’m excited about it. I didn’t expect it.”
Rutgers offered last week as it looks to add instant depth at wide receiver.
“I haven’t had much time to research any of the schools yet but I’m going to soon,” Whitney said. “I really don’t know very much about Rutgers right now. … [Wide receivers coach Ben McDaniels] seems like a cool guy. He was talking to me about trying to set up an official visit.”
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino came through with an offer shortly thereafter.
“It’s really exciting,” Whitney said. “At the same time, I know I have to stay focused on finishing out the season. I’m going to start researching all of these schools starting now because I have to be thinking about it.
“We really don’t know what exactly we’re going to do because the schedule is so busy until after the season. I’m going to have to do all of it after the season.”
Whitney plans to start official visits after his season ends in November.
“I have to be with coaches that I like and that want to coach me every day,” Whitney said. “Of course, I want to get along with the players too. That’s the kind of stuff I’ll get to see when I take my officials. I want to see what it’s like in the locker room.”
Whitney has 30 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns to lead Riverside this year. Early playing time is his top focus when official visits begin.
“I’m really looking to play right away,” he said. “I want to play right away and make an impact. I only have two years left, so I just want to go in and play and make the most of it. Of course academics are important too, so I need to find a good education.”
Whitney plans to major in labor studies.