Whitlock Talks The Latest

Chester (SC) 4-star cornerback/wide receiver Charles Whitlock is one of the top overall prospects in the Palmetto State's class of 2008, and he is considered one of the most versatile athletes in the country this recruiting year. Where do the home state Gamecocks stand with this elite in-state target? Read inside to find out.

The 5'11", 172 pound Whitlock has over twenty scholarship offers to his credit, including tenders from major programs like South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and a number of others. With the end of the summer now quickly approaching, Whitlock is close to narrowing his list of schools down to a manageable number and knows when he would like to make his final decision.

"Everything's going good (in recruiting) right now. I'm going to narrow my list down to eight in a couple more weeks," said Whitlock. "Then I'm going to take my officials in the fall, and I'll probably commit the Monday after the last game."

With such an impressive list of schools chasing Whitlock, South Carolina was thought not too long ago to have an uphill battle keeping the 4-star prospect in state this year, but according to Whitlock, the Gamecocks are still very much alive in the race for his services.

"I keep in touch with them, and they're definitely still in it. I plan on hitting a couple of their home games this year. They're recruiting me to play on both sides (of the ball) as a receiver and a DB. Coach (Ron) Cooper‘s recruiting me for them. He‘s a nice guy and nice to talk to."

One reason USC has made strides with Whitlock in recent weeks is because they are recruiting him with the possibility to use his playmaking ability on the offensive side of the ball, and the versatile Whitlock, who plays quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback for Chester, shared what strengths he brings to the field as a receiver.

"I'm quick. I've got nice hands. I'm fast enough, and I've got good route running. I‘m good with the ball in my hands."

Whitlock has visited a handful of the schools that are pursuing him this summer, including trips to South Carolina, Clemson, UNC, Tennessee, Kentucky and a recent visit to Alabama. According to Whitlock, he enjoyed his time in Alabama and learned a lot about the Crimson Tide.

"It went alright. I got to hang out with the players, toured the campus and talked with the coaches and stuff. It was a pretty good visit."

When it comes time to make a decision on his college choice, Whitlock knows what factors he will be looking for.

"The environment is big and whether or not I can play in a (BCS) bowl game."

Whitlock, who runs a 4.43 second forty yard dash, closed by sharing what goals he has set for his upcoming senior season.

"I'm planning on winning the region and making a run for the state title."

Whitlock is rated by Scout.com as the #3 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina this year. He is also ranked as the #5 cornerback prospect in America for the class of 2008.

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