His off-season conditioning program currently includes summer track, euphemistically labeled as two-hour 'summer camp' starting at 7 a.m., weekday mornings. He then goes to work until 3 p.m., and then it's back to the school for more running at six o'clock.
The Pearland project was the first of two in-state RBs to commit to the defending national champs, pledging one month prior to Four-Star commit Cody Johnson (Waller High). Whittaker is projected primarily at RB but split his time training with the DBs during his recent trip to Austin. There is a chance he could end up in the Longhorn secondary.
"The first half I went with the defensive backs and the second half I went with the running backs," Whitaker said, although he has never played defense in high school. "I've just played on one-side (of the ball). I wanted to get some work at that position. They (Texas coaches) say I'll get my shot at running back first and then, if it doesn't go as planned, I could also play cornerback."
Eighteen of Texas' 22 current commits were reportedly at Mini-Camp. It was the first time so many future Longhorns had convened in one setting.
"It was pretty cool," Whitaker said. "It was very exciting to see other people who were as good as me, or better, getting to work-out with them and getting to know them a little bit better."
Whitaker ran for 1,697 yards and 18 rushing TDs out of Pearland's power running game as a junior, but the program may be following a trend in Texas high school football of moving toward a spread offense.
"This past year, we were more of a powerhouse, run-every-play but this year I think we're going to try to spread it out some more. We're going to try the run-and-gun set but we rarely threw the ball (in 2005)."
Whitaker got invited to Texas A&M's and was contacted by Nebraska, Florida and Notre Dame. He mulled Texas' offer for two days, conferring with his mother, to ensure that he wasn't "getting caught up in the moment."
Texas offensive line coach Mac McWhorter recruited Whitaker. In fact, Whitaker laughed at the mere mention of McWhorter's name.
"He's pretty funny. He tells me jokes and things. He called me one time when I was out fishing. I was actually catching a fish when he called, but the fish got off and he was making fun of me."
Whitaker assured Inside Texas that he will not be the one that gets away from what is shaping up as a Top Five recruiting class. He is firm in his commitment and does not plan to visit other programs. His next venture to the Forty Acres will likely be his 'official' visit during the regular season.