The talented junior, who plays running back and safety for the Jaguars, has two visits planned in the spring, to A&M on January 25th and to Baylor on January 31st.
He's kept up with the recent recruiting surge Charlie Strong has had at Texas in the past few weeks, telling HD that he was impressed by the commitment of guys like Malik Jefferson, DeAndre McNeal, and the so-called "Florida Five."
Listed as an athlete first, RB/S second on most recruiting services, Whaley has no intention of switching positions at the next level. It appears that the colleges going after him agree that his future lies on offense, with the Aggies, Bears, and Longhorns wanting him on that side of the ball.
Though he does have an offer on the table from the Horns, it seems like there hasn't been a lot of contact from head coach Charlie Strong's staff. Whaley said he spoke to Coach Strong on Christmas Day, though the conversation was short, most likely due to the Horns bowl preparation. He hasn't spoken with anyone on staff since then.
Whaley's film isn't hard to dissect. He's fast. You hear analysts throw out the term "elite speed" all the time when talking about recruits or collegiate players, but this kid really has it. His speed allows him to make great cuts in the open field, and his quickness gives him the ability to bounce around to the outside if his lane gets clogged at the line.
His elusiveness and speed might mean that he runs 50 yards to gain only 20, but he's still running that 50 yards faster than anyone else on the field.
Unlike most backs who rely on superior speed, Whaley is also a strong, tough runner. While he does avoid defenders in the open space, he's not afraid to put his head down and bowl over guys to get extra yardage. On film, he makes a lot of guys miss, due his impressive combination of speed and strength.
At 6-0 and 190 pounds, he is by no means a big back, but it looks like he has the right kind of frame to add on some muscle. He is a good track guy, running the two sprints and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, so he probably hasn't gone through an extensive offseason weights program like he would surely go through in college.
Overall, it's easy to see why Whaley is being hounded by almost every major program in the country. He's going to be successful wherever he goes, but it looks like Texas hasn't made him a priority quite yet. Look for Strong and running backs coach Tommie Robinson to focus on him more after National Signing Day on February 4th.
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