Whitlock: "Quick As A Cat"

Wylie High School head coach Bill Howard weighs in on his star defensive lineman, 5'10, 240 pound Nikita Whitlock who signed with Wake Forest on Wednesday. Coach Howard spoke with DeaconSports regarding what Wake Forest will get in Whitlock, Texas' 5A defensive player of the year.

"The first thing is what he brings off the field," said Bill Howard, head coach at Wylie High School, of Nikita Whitlock. "He is a great person. He has tremendous work ethic. He's got a 400 plus pound bench and has a tremendous, tremendous work ethic. He has had a huge impact on our program."

Whitlock, who played 37 straight games as a starter for 5A Wylie High School, has earned major awards over the past few years. "He was the unanimous district player of the year two years in a row," Howard said. "He's the Texas 5A AP Sportswriters defensive player of the year. He's the Dallas Morning News player of the year. He's got more hardware than anyone but schools were more worried about his height."

Wake Forest was willing to give the 5'10, 240 pound Whitlock an opportunity, however. "SMU was after him and a lot of schools came by, everyone did," Coach Howard said. "Portland State really wanted him and Jerry Glanville personally came trying to recruit him. 1-AA schools came and offered. All the big schools, everyone said he was too small. I've heard that and he'll hear it at the next level but I guarantee he will be great at Wake Forest. Wake Forest is a class act, I love the way they are honest and the way they play. You won't find a bigger fan of that program than me."

"Let me tell you, he's 5'10, 240 pounds," Howard continued in talking about Whitlock. "He's quick as a cat, strong. All you have to do is watch video on him. On the field, he never stops. He was double and tripled teamed and he doesn't get stopped. He's got a desire to play football second to none."

Howard believes that Whitlock, who amassed 165 tackles as a senior, will play a huge role at Wake Forest. "With someone with that much ability, he can play linebacker or anywhere. There aren't any players with his drive and ability. With wat he brings this first year, he probably won't have a big impact, but his sophomore, junior, and senior he'll be someone really good. I think we could really see him on Sundays after he is done at Wake Forest."

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