Dorman High School has been home to many top prospects here in South Carolina over the past 10-15 years and that tradition will continue with prospects like 2015 wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside whom we featured late last year. We caught up with the wide receiver from Dorman to talk about the very latest regarding his recruitment as a number of new schools have entered the picture since then.
With so many schools in the mix we asked the 2015 prospect which ones were coming after him the hardest at this point?
"I'd say North Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, and Georgia Tech. But North Carolina is coming the hardest out of everybody."
Arcega-Whiteside camped with the Tar Heels recently and we asked him about how things went in Chapel Hill.
"They say I'm a good fit for the program and they'd like for me to come there. They said that the people there are pushing for a scholarship."
As of now with no scholarships on resume yet we asked Arcega-Whiteside what it will feel like when that day comes when offer number one comes in?
"I'll definitely feel relieved and satisfied for all the hard work I've put in because school comes first and to be able to play football to get into a school is a blessing."
Currently the 2015 prospect is in the midst of off season workouts with the Cavaliers and heavily involved in their 7 on 7 play. The Cavaliers recently won the Carolina Panthers 7 on 7 tournament and have will represent the Panthers at the NFL 7-on-7 High School Player Development National Tournament on July 11-14 in Cleveland. Arcega-Whiteside was regarded as one of their top playmakers during the tourney.
We talked with Arcega-Whiteside about where his strengths and weaknesses are currently regarding his game and he had this to say.
"I've been working on building up my speed and strength but the biggest strength I have is being able to go up and catching the ball over corners. As for areas of improvement I want to improve on my quickness, agility, and route running."
Trying to make some camp stops this summer between the Cavaliers 7 on 7 schedule he mentioned some camps he'll try and make it out to.
I'm not sure, I think I'll be at Elon Saturday but I might go to South Carolina on Friday (today). I plan on attending a South Carolina and Clemson camp and maybe Ohio State too."
Still waiting on that elusive first offer Arcega-Whiteside chimed in on whether the first school to offer may get special considerations moving forward in the process.
"Yeah the first school to offer will always be in my top schools."
Next season he's got lofty goals set for himself and the Cavaliers too.
"I want to get more than 1,000 yards by the end of the season and catch every ball thrown at me. And of course for my team to win another state championship."
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...J.J. ARCEGA-WHITESIDE
Bench press: 185 pounds
Squat: 325 pounds
Power clean: 245 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.56 seconds