Whitlock Talks The Latest
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.
To discuss this article, visit GamecockAnthem's premium forum - The Golden Spur.
Gamecock Anthem Top Stories
2018 Breakdown: QuarterbacksBadgerNation takes a look at the 2018 recruiting class at each position. Today we look at the quarterbacks.
Badger Nation8:01 AM
Emerson's 'brother' Smith aiding recruitmentBlue-chip recruit Greg Emerson explains his relationship with Tennessee freshman Trey Smith and the advice he's getting from the former Scout five-star prospect.
Inside TennesseeYesterday at 8:54 PM
Jones Has Syracuse ConnectionAntwann Jones is one of the most explosive scorers in the 2018 class. While he does not have an offer from Syracuse yet, he has an interesting connection to the program.
Cuse NationYesterday at 7:28 PM
Langham Talks Ole Miss VisitMalik Langham out of Huntsville, Ala., spent the day at Ole Miss with his family earlier this month. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive lineman still doesn't have a top list but he…
OM SpiritYesterday at 1:02 PM
2019 OLB Recaps His Georgia Visit:Grayson (GA) outside linebacker Kevin Harris is one of the top sophomores in the state, and recaps his latest visit to UGA
Dawg PostYesterday at 11:55 AM