Whitehurst Enjoys WFU Visit

2005 forward Eric Whitehurst visited Wake Forest on Wednesday night for the Demon Deacons' showdown with Duke. DeaconSports caught up with his head coach Ryan Pauling on Thursday concerning thier visit to Winston-Salem.

"We definitely made it down," said Oaktree Academy head coach Ryan Pauling. "It was a great experience down there. We actually got back at 4:30 [early Thursday morning."]

According to Pauling, it was a very good game and an electric atmosphere. "It was definitely one of the better games I've been to. I think Eric really enjoyed how the fans were acting. We were talking about in the car what a great atmosphere it was."

"I got a chance to meet a lot of the assistants there," Pauling said. "I like how they interact with their guys and I know [Eric] had a great time. I caught him in the stands cheering and doing the wave and all that stuff."

Though being invited down as a recruit to the Wake Forest-Duke game shows that the staff is highly interested in him, Whitehurst has yet to receive an offer from the Wake staff. "I think right now it's a matter of being evaluated and seeing if he can play on that level," Pauling said. "I'm confident that he can but it's something that the [college] coaches have to determine."

At this point, Virginia Commonwealth, St. Bonaventure, and Virginia Tech have offered. Many other schools are showing heavy interest at this point, however.

"Right now, since he's 6'9 [interest is] coming in pretty hard," Pauling said. "Illinois stuff, Kentucky called earlier, West Virginia, Clemson is going to see if they can land him. He's a talented kid."

At this point, however, Virginia Commonwealth may be the leader for his services. "I think VCU is the leader because they've been on him since day 1," Pauling noted. "He's still up in the air and he's not sure what he's going to do yet. I think he just wants to fit in where he goes."

"He will take an official visit to VCU on Saturday for their homecoming," Pauling continued. "From there, we're not sure where we're scheduled to go. We've been invited here and there."

Though Whitehurst was close to making a decision in recent weeks, it looks as if the 6'9 senior will wait a little while to decide. "I think he's really going to try to wait a little while. A couple of weeks ago I think he wanted to get it over with, but now with more interest he's going to wait."


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