Coach Spotlight: Joshua Wilhite

After a promising sophomore campain at L.V. Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas, running back Joshua Wilhite had dreamed of rushing for 2,000 yards as a junior. Those dreams were put on hold due to a early season knee injury. Now a senior at Fort Bend Hightower, Head Coach Barry Abercrombie thinks Wilhite is back on track to fulfilling his early promise.


"As a sophomore he rushed for over 400 yards in a season we went 11-1," said Abercromibe. "It was two games into his junior year in a game against The Woodlands where he tore his ACL causing him to miss the season.

"He went to one of the best surgeons in the state and rehabbed four days a week. They cleared him, and by last spring he was competing with the track team in 4x1 relay and made the state finals."

Many of the schools showing Wilhite early interest like Texas A&M, SMU, and Arkansas decided to pull back. Wake Forest remained contast throughout and was rewarded when Wilhite committed to the program in late July.

"We kept him out of spring football," said Abercrombie. "We didn't see any sense in getting him banged up. He went to camps and did really well. The other schools kept tellings us 'wait and see, wait and see', but Wake Forest liked him from the get-go as a sophomore. It was at one of their camps that he ran a 4.40-40."

Steve Russ recruited the 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back to Wake Forest. He got a commitment from Wilhite on July 30th. Now Wilhite's out to show everyone else what they missed out on with a big senior showing.

"They say you can't coach speed," Abercrombie said. "In the first game against Eisenhower he returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. He also had a 102 yard touchdown called back on a penalty, and on a punt return he took to the house. In special teams he's been awesome. At running back he does a good job finding the seam.

"I'd have to say his explosiveness is his best attribute [at the position]. After being out so long he's just now getting his timing and vision back. When he does, the sky's the limit for Joshua."

The Hurricanes started the season 0-2, but have reeled off three straight including two in conference. Wilhite had 10 rushes for 91 yards and a touchdown in the game with Atascocita.

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