All the schools, except Florida, have been in regular contact with Whitney. At this time, it seems that he is most familiar with the programs at Notre Dame and Rutgers. At Notre Dame, his brother was a walk-on for the football team, and will be graduating this fall. He was able to attend the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona and described the scene to be "simply amazing. That bowl game was so loud and so much fun".
At Rutgers, he has his high school teammate Charlie Noonan in his ear a bit. Whitney describes Noonan as a phenomenal defensive lineman who is very quick, very strong, hard-working and committed both on and off the field. He believes Noonan will certainly be a success at Rutgers. Noonan has been promoting the Scarlet Knights and RU has certainly made an impression on Whitney.
"They first found out about me when Coach Galiano came to two of our games last year. Then I attended their Junior Day and was able to speak personally to coach Schiano, and take a tour of the football facilities and campus. The facilities were tremendous".
Whitney heads for Syracuse this weekend with Duggans for their Junior day, and looks forward to what the Orange have to provide. Whitney also will be showcasing his skills for coaches where he will most likely attend the Elite 11 camp at the University of Michigan and the Penn State Nike Combine.
For fans of big-time HS games, this fall he will compete against some serious talent with games at Don Bosco (NJ), and St Edwards-Cincinnati, Ohio at the Kirk Herbstreit classic.
The Simms vs Whitney match-up is one many across the country will watch intently.