Whittaker talks recruiting

Washington continues to be proactive in getting offers out to some of the top athletes in the Golden State and one of the most recent prospects to get an offer is Oceanside WR/DB J.J. Whittaker. The multi-talented playmaker got his offer from the Husky coaching staff last week and he said he's hoping to get to Seattle to check them out over the summer...

"I got offered by coach (Steve) Sarkisian over the phone last week," Whittaker told Dawgman.com. "It was really surprising because up until then I hadn't heard much from them, but then I found out they got my film and coach Sarkisian said I was just the type of athlete they were looking for to get into their program.

"He said he thought I could be a really good receiver because I did a lot from the slot in our offense, but he said he thought I could be a great corner so that's what they are offering me as."

Besides his offer from the Huskies, Whittaker also has an offer from Arizona and San Diego State and he's hearing from quite a few other programs who could be close to offering.

"Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Nebraska, UNLV, UTEP and a bunch of other ones are recruiting me pretty hard, but they haven't offered yet," Whittaker said. "I wouldn't say I have a favorite at this point because I want to keep my options open and I'm going to go visit some schools this summer just to check them out."

Included on that list are the northwest schools who Whittaker said he wants to get a feel for.

"Washington is a school that is really intriguing because they've offered and I know with the new staff there they won't be down for long," Whittaker said. "I want to get out to Washington State too and see what they are all about and while I'm up there I will probably head down to Oregon and Oregon State too."

As a junior in 2008, Whittaker posted solid numbers on both sides of the ball, notching 772 yards and six touchdowns on 40 receptions and 202 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He also posted 32 tackles and two interceptions from his corner position.

"Toward the end of the season no one threw it to my side, so I don't have a lot of stats there," Whittaker said. "I guess it's a sign of respect, but it was frustrating at times. We won though so it wasn't that hard to take."

Whittaker helped lead Oceanside to a 12-0-1 record and the CIF Division II Championship game where they beat Helix to win the title.

Besides his efforts on the gridiron, Whittaker is also a three-year starter at point guard for an Oceanside basketball team that went (25-5) and made it to the state championship game before losing to University (Los Angeles).

We'll have more from Whittaker down the road as recruiting kicks into high gear over the next few months.

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