Last spring Whittington made the trip out west to attend the Los Angeles Nike Camp. When asked about the trip out west in the spring, Whittington said, "It was great". Most observers where surprised how slight he looked for a defensive end who was named All-State for the first time as a sophomore and All-American as a junior. Back in April at the Nike Camp he measured out at 6-2.5, 180. Since then he says he's grown an inch-and-a-half and put on 30 pounds.
As reported earlier by BRO, Whittington made the trip out to Los Angeles for a number of reasons. He has a brother living in Studio City, and he had the opportunity unofficially visit UCLA and meet with UCLA assistant coach Gary Bernardi just before the Nike Camp. He had also mentioned that he had followed UCLA for some time and wanted to check out the area.
As far as recruiting goes, Whittington is wide open and hasn't come close to narrowing his list of schools. "I like everybody right now. Mostly the same people that have been talking to me are still there, and they want me for defensive end/linebacker. I really don't have a preference as far as what position I play."
Talking about the number of offers he has received, Whittington said, "Honestly, I have no idea. I know I have quite a few, but I really have never counted them." Despite not giving us a specific list of schools that have offered, the school's he's interested include Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Kansas State, Illinois, UCLA, Nebraska, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, USC (Southern Cal), Texas and Ohio State to name a few. When pressed about whether he was still considering west coast schools, he reiterated, "I'm considering pretty much everybody. Going away to school is not a problem at all." Whittington wants to take all of his official visit and said he might also take some unofficial visits before coming to a decision.
Whittington does know when he will narrow his list and decide which schools will get an official visit. "Yeah, I'm definitely going to make those decisions after the season is over."
The season may not end too soon. Hazelwood East is 7-1 and appears headed to the playoffs. "We have two more games, and we're doing pretty good. We lost our first game of the season last Friday." Through six games this season Whittington had 52 tackles and five sacks.
After his junior season when he finished with 94 tackles and 15 sacks, Whittington was one of the most honored defensive linemen in the country being named 1st team All-State and Junior All-American. He is a true speed rusher. Whittington also has the luxury of being on a team that is so talented he does not need to play on the offensive side of the ball this season. In the past he has played some tight end.
Whittington is fully qualified.