Coeur d'Alene athlete gets a call

Colin Whitney is a 6-4, 245-pound athlete from Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Lake City, and while there usually aren't many D1 athletes that come out of Idaho there's no question the Washington Huskies know about what the Gem State can produce. The Huskies' starting quarterback, Cody Pickett, is from Caldwell. And Washington has been impressed enough with Whitney's play that they gave him a call on September 1st.

"I like offense the best," Whitney told about his preference on the gridiron. "I like catching the ball." He plays both tight end and defensive end for Lake City. Colin had 3 catches for 60 yards against (Kalispell) Flathead in Lake City's first game of the season. "We lost, but they are a pretty good team. They are one of the top three teams in Montana."

Back in may Colin heard from a bunch of schools, including Washington, Washington State, Idaho, Boise State, Idaho State and Oregon State. "They said that they like my size and how I like to work really hard," he said, reiterating the feedback he received from coaches during the spring. But when it came to the fall contact session, there was only one school that called Whitney back - the University of Washington.

"Coach (Keith) Gilbertson is the only coach that tried to call, but I wasn't home," Colin said. "He left a message but hasn't called back." Whitney doesn't have any offers yet, but is taking advantage of the opportunities given him by schools to come and check them out. "I went to the Washington State - Idaho game on Saturday. It was a good experience. It's the first game like that I've been to. I had a ticket if I wanted to go and it looked like fun so I went."

Whitney knows he wants to take more visits, but want to take care of business first. "I'm going to look into it," he said. "I haven't really thought about visits just yet. For me, it's too early to think about it." Top Stories