Whitfield Familiar with Bruins

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola receiver Kodi Whitfield has ties to Stanford but has plenty of familiarity with the UCLA football program...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola receiver Kodi Whitfield (6-2, 195), continues to hear from numerous schools.

With an offer from Arizona State, Whitfield has that in his backpocket (as well as one from Cal Poly), but he's in no rush to make a decision and would like to see what other options he's able to consider.

"I've been hearing from mostly Pac-10 schools like UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Oregon and Arizona but also from Texas A&M, Miami and Notre Dame," said Whitfield.

Born in Georgia while his dad, Bob Whitfield played for the Atlanta Falcons, the younger Whitfield is hoping to get back out there during the summer to check out the Bulldogs.

"I was born in Georgia and moved to California when I was younger, but I really want to check Georgia out," said Whitfield. "I'm not so much interested in Georgia Tech, mostly Georgia. I go back and forth between Georgia and California a lot."

His father's alma mater, Stanford, is a school he's got a strong affinity for.

"My dad played with Coach (David) Shaw at Stanford and I took in a Junior Day there last season," said Whitfield. "I get a lot of interest from there."

In addition, UCLA, which has always recruited Loyola well, is another he likes.

"With Jerry (Neuheisel) being there, he's trying to swing me to go to UCLA and I have some real interest there," said Whitfield. "I played with Anthony Barr and John Young (both current Bruins and Loyola alums) my sophomore year."

Despite being only 195, Whitfield had a hard time staying in Pop Warner as a kid.

"Back in Pop Warner, I was always one of the bigger kids, and I used to struggle to make the weight," said Whitfield, who's dad played 15 years in the NFL around 315. "It wasn't until later that I started playing receiver."

Whitfield plays on both sides of the ball, both as a receiver, and as a safety, where he was an all-state underclass pick by GoldenStatePreps.com

"I play both sides of the ball, and I feel like I could play receiver or defensive back in college," said Whitfield. "But I like receiver."

Whitfield is playing with 1925 All-Stars this spring and summer for 7on7.

He's also thinking he'll continue to grow.

"I'm thinking I could get up to 205-210 and I'm pretty sure I'm going to grow another two inches or so. If I play defense, I think I still play with my hips open and could stay at safety," said Whitfield.

Whitfield said he's looking at Stanford and Georgia's camps as well as likely turns at UCLA and USC.

He's also in no hurry to end his recruitment.

"It depends on how hectic it gets but I'd like to take some trips," said Whitfield.

He's also in excellent shape, academically, carrying a 4.15 overall GPA and plans to take the SAT in May and June.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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