"They're undefeated right now and they just had the game against Washington, which is huge," Whitfield said. "That was their first real challenge. I haven't got a chance to go up there yet. I'm planning on going to the Oregon game on November 12, and hopefully the Notre Dame game on the 26th as well."
Whitfield has maintained close contact with his regional recruiter, Brian Polian, throughout the recruiting process.
"I speak with Coach Polian weekly, where he'll call me or I'll call him," Whitfield said. "We have a good, strong relationship, we talk every week and we're becoming, I guess, really acquainted." Whitfield is also in close contact with a number of Stanford commits, who have formed their own Facebook group to facilitate communication.
Whitfield isn't naming names, however.
"I'll keep those under the radar, but as soon as they commit, we'll let you know," he laughed.
In the meantime, Whitfield is doing his best to ensure he remains a part of what's shaping up to be another touted Cardinal recruiting class.
"I got my application in the mail, I'd say, three months ago, and I've been working on it slowly, speaking with my counselor and at school and making sure I'm doing the logistics of it correctly," Whitfield said. "It's not overwhelming at all, it's pretty good to know where you're going to school and to be working on that early."
As such, it's no surprise Whitfield still considers himself a solid Cardinal commit.
"Definitely a solid commitment," Whitfield said. "It's always been one of my dream schools. I've been up there even before I committed, even before they offered me, just visiting with my dad, going to a couple of games, and I fell in love the place."
Although Stanford is his clear No. 1 choice, Whitfield has stayed in touch with a few other schools.
"I've stayed in contact with a couple other schools from the Pac-12," Whitfield said. "UCLA is one of them. I just recently discontinued contact with Northwestern, I told them they weren't really one of my top-five schools. I'm still being recruited, but Stanford is still the solid No. 1."
Whitfield said that he has yet to schedule visits with any other program, however.
It's easy to see why other schools are still hot on Whitfield's trail. The three-star recruit plays both ways for his 6-1 Loyola High School (Los Angeles) squad, currently ranked No. 36 in the nation by Maxpreps.com. With 21 catches for 325 yards and three touchdowns, Whitfield is his team's leading receiver. He also has a team-leading two interceptions.
"Our team has progressed from last year," Whitfield said. "Last year we came off a 3-7 season, and already [this year] we're 6-1 with a win in league and a strong shot for the playoffs, so the team overall has improved leaps and bounds from last year."
Whitfield said that his leadership abilities have taken a big step forward.
"Individually I feel like I've matured most importantly from my junior to senior season," Whitfield said. "That leadership comes into play where you have to perform for your team and be able to lead them out there, drive them to victory."
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