Deacs Grab Texas Prospect

Nikita Whitlock, a 5'10, 245 pound middle linebacker prospect from Wylie High School has decided to become a Demon Deacon. Whitlock was named the Texas State 5A Defensive Player of the Year after a stellar senior season. DeaconSports spoke with Whitlock's head coach at Wylie, Bill Howard, about Nikita's commitment.

Nikita Whitlock proved himself every time he took the field for Wylie High School. Playing nose guard for the Pirates at the highest level of Texas high school football, Whitlock tallied an amazing 165 tackles, 15 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback hurries, 6 punt blocks (2 of which he returned for touchdowns), 2 field goal blocks, and 3 extra point blocks. Whitlock was named the Texas' 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the AP for his efforts.

Due to his lack of ideal size, Whitlock's recruitment was going slower than it should have. That was until Wake Forest extended him an offer last night. It was an offer Whitlock could not turn down.

"Wake Forest offered Nikita a scholarship last night and he accepted it," stated Wylie head coach Bill Howard. "I'll tell you, Nikita is the best football player I have ever coached in my 20 years in the profession. He was named Texas 5A Defensive Player of the Year this past season. Nikita makes plays all over the field on the defensive side of the ball. He also blocked a lot of kicks for us on special teams. He is going to play in a couple of all star games this summer as well."

As far his commitment to Wake goes, Whitlock's coach has no doubt he can play Division I football. "A lot of 1-AA schools offered Nikita but he wanted to play Division I ball. I have no doubt in my mind Nikita will make a name for himself in the ACC. The people at Wake will be very proud of him. I think he will blow their mind when they see him on the practice field. Wake got a great player and great person."

Although he played primarily nose guard at Wylie, Wake recruited Whitlock as a middle linebacker. According to his coach, Whitlock will have no trouble adjusting to that position. "I have no doubt he will be a great linebacker," Howard said. "He will be great at whatever position he plays."

Stay tuned to DeaconSports for more on Whitlock's recruitment including his thoughts on becoming a Demon Deacon.


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