Whitley An Impact Player

According to Norman Whitley, if the elusive tailback was a player in EA Sports' video game NCAA Football 2006, he'd be denoted with a blinking white dot beneath him.

"I'm an impact player," said Whitley. "My white dot is always blinking. Everybody is out to get me and I just have to keep on rolling."

For those of you unfamiliar with the NCAA Football series, a white dot beneath a player signifies an "Impact Player." According to EA Sports' website, "Impact Players" are "game-changing performers that single-handedly break games wide open with highlight reel moves." When that white dot blinks, the impact player is "in the zone" and more prone for big plays.

Whitley, a 5-foot-10 180-pound tailback from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond, certainly fits that description to a T. The best example came during Richmond's most recent contest where a 6-3 deficit was turned into a 17-6 victory in a matter of minutes after two Whitley touchdown runs, which were highlighted by game breaking speed and video game-like jukes.

With ability like that, you'd think recruiters would be knocking down the door – not necessarily the case.

"Recruiting is going pretty slow," said Whitley. "I've been talking to Michigan lately and I talked to South Carolina last week. I'm trying to get everything rolling soon. I hope schools see me play and things pick up."

North Carolina and East Carolina have extended Whitley a scholarship offer, but UNC seems to have lost interest after receiving verbal commitments from at least three tailbacks. ECU, on the other hand, continues to apply the pressure.

"I went to East Carolina for a game," said Whitley. "They're on me pretty hard – real hard."

With so much still up in the air, Whitley lacks any favorites.

After Whitley's fourth quarter touchdowns gave Richmond a 17-6 victory over conference rival Fayetteville Britt, Richmond ended the regular season with an undefeated record (11-0) and earned a number one seed in the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.

Individually, Whitley has accumulated 1,748 yards and 19 touchdowns on 206 carries.


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