That interest seemed to peak even more with the recent news the Cal fired head coach Jeff Tedford. With that, Whitener decided to reach out to the Frogs to gauge their interest. He was one of many prospects in attendance last week for TCU's last home game of the season against Oklahoma.
Whitener enjoyed the experience and noticed a big change in atmosphere from previous games he's attended.
"I really enjoyed it, I've gone to a few TCU games before and the crowd now is a lot livelier and it's a lot more fun," he said.
The Mansfield product maintains that he is still solid to Cal but at least wanted to see what TCU's thoughts are on him. At the moment, it appears the Frogs are going in a different direction.
"I don't think they're going to try to recruit me because they've offered some other guys that haven't committed," Whitener said. "They want to wait and see what happens with them."
Ranked as the No. 39 middle linebacker in the country, Whitener says an offer from TCU would have him do some serious thinking but he wouldn't jump at the offer without making sure he was certain it's the right fit for him.
"I'd take an official visit first and remain committed to Cal unless I was totally positive TCU was the place I wanted to be," he said. "They're good on defense and I like the coaching staff. They produce players on the defensive side of the ball. It seems like TCU is going to be on the rise from now on and I like that."
Interest for Whitener has been relatively quiet since Cal fired Tedford. He admits he hasn't reached out to teams aside from TCU and Houston is the only program that has made contact with him.
"I haven't heard much of anything really," he said. "I haven't reached out to anyone. I want to see who Cal brings in. I did get a message from the Houston defensive coordinator but other than that I haven't heard from anybody."