Whaley is arguably the top back in the Lone Star State and chose Texas over offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Florida State. It turns out that Whaley has wanted to be a Longhorn for quite sometime.
"From the start, I've always liked Texas. Like since the seventh grade, I've wanted to go to Texas to play," Whaley said. "When I went down there to the junior day, I got to meet some of the players and ask them questions about Texas' school. They told me how great it was and how great the coaches are, and we got a chance to meet some of the coaches. There is just no place I'd rather go, so I went ahead and made my choice."
In Mack Brown's meeting with Whaley, he compared the Madisonville running back to some of the best backs in Texas Longhorn history.
"He was talking about the history at Texas and the big backs they have like Cedric Benson and Ricky Williams. I'm just like one of those backs. Freshmen who come in and will play as a freshman," Whaley said.