In-state battle appears to be brewing

Several SEC schools are in a battle for Mississippi's Jermaine Whitehead. Will Whitehead stay in state? The talented corner and wide receiver names two early favorites, but can two other SEC schools change that? Go "Inside" for those answers and the latest on Whitehead's recruitment.

It appears that it may be a in-state battle for one of the Magnolia State's top players.

Greenwood, Mississippi's Jermaine Whitehead currently holds nine official offers, but admitted Monday night that there are definitely two schools out front.

"Ole Miss and Mississippi State are my top two for sure," Whitehead said. "It will probably come down to a big in-state battle. I will most likely stay in state. There are a couple of schools that could change that."

Those two schools also just happen to be in the SEC.

"I like Auburn a lot," Whitehead told Monday night. "Tennessee is another school that is showing me a lot of interest. They are definitely a school I want to learn more about. One of the reasons they are trailing a little right now is the fact that I haven't seen their school or campus yet."

According to Whitehead, his top six favorites are Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Southern Mississippi, Notre Dame and Tennessee in that order.

Whitehead is looking forward to taking an unofficial visit to Rocky Top to see firsthand one of the biggest cities and campuses in the SEC.

"I'm hearing a lot about Tennessee," Whitehead said. "From what I hear there is over 100,000 fans at UT games, I want to experience that type of atmosphere."

Apparently the new Tennessee coaching staff are making inroads with Whitehead's recruitment.

"I really like their new coaching staff," Whitehead said. "I'm pretty certain I will take a visit there."

Whitehead, a versatile athlete, plays several different positions for his Amanda Elzy High School.

"Most schools are recruiting me to play defensive back or wide receiver," Whitehead said. "Recruiting is going great for me right now."

Whitehead, a 6-foot, 185-pound athlete who has 4.5 40 speed, has also picked up offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, Arkansas and Southern Mississippi to go along with Tennessee, Auburn, Memphis, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

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