Over the summer, Gainesville High School (Florida) prospect Tashon Whitehurst, a versatile linebacker, made his verbal commitment to Syracuse. He remains a "hard, solid verbal" to the Orange, but he is taking advantage of the five visits he may take. He has since been offered by Cincinnati, Marshall, North Carolina State, UMass and Western Michigan.
Along the way, he has improved his game and made enough noise this season to pick up an offer from Rutgers just last week, he told CuseNation.com on Tuesday.
Whitehurst told Scout.com earlier in October that he is set to visit N.C. State. The play-maker also said he will visit Cincinnati and Iowa State soon, and he already took a visit to Marshall late in September. The senior plans to visit Syracuse in December.
Though he is taking his time in looking at different schools, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Whitehurst will enter a school in the fall with a chip on his shoulder.
"After going to camps and getting rated lower than I expected to, it makes me driven to make a statement to everyone who criticizes me because of my weight as a linebacker," the two-star prospect said.
Whitehurst later added that he would play safety if it "came down to it."