When it comes to 2015 wide receivers we're extremely high on Dorman's J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. This season he proved to scouts and college coaches that he indeed is a player to watch closely over the next year. Accumulating some incredible stats this year Arcega-Whiteside was a dominant force for the Cavaliers. Add the fact that he's 6'3 190 pounds and has arguably the best hands in the state's 2015 class in our opinion and we've been scratching our heads as to why he didn't hold any offers early on. Well that all changed this past weekend as the Dorman junior got the long awaited news.
"I received my first scholarship offer last night from Appalachian State University," Arcega-Whiteside told us on Saturday.
Asked how it felt to finally land that first offer and he had this to say.
"It's definitely relieving that it finally happened and the fact that I have a chance to play college football is a blessing."
"Their wide receivers coach Stepp offered me. He said that they have been talking about me for a while and they wanted me to know that I now have a scholarship offer to their university."
The Cavaliers saw their season end at the hands of Lexington 42-28 on Friday night. He talked about the areas where he felt he made the most improvements with his game during the course of his junior season with us.
"I think I improved on my speed and taking more of a leadership role. I'm satisfied with my stats that I put up but I definitely wish it would've last longer."
Heading into the off season he also talked about what areas of his game he'll try to improve upon to become and even better wide receiver.
"I'm going to continue to work on my explosiveness, strength, and endurance because if I can improve on those then it'll make me just that much of a better player."
Arcega-Whiteside will have a few visits coming up in the next few weeks.
"I'm planning on visiting App State this week and South Carolina the next week."
What have the in-state Gamecocks been saying to Arcega-Whiteside?
"Nothing much other than they have been keeping up with me throughout the year."
Another school that the Dorman standout has frequented this year is North Carolina.
"I think now that I've got an offer others will start pouring in but yeah North Carolina has been recruiting me the hardest but South Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, and Missouri have all been recruiting me pretty hard also."
Arcega-Whiteside says he has no favorites at this point in his recruitment.
"I'm real open-minded and I'm not leaning towards anyone at this point. I'd like to hear from anyone who wants to recruit me really but I'd like to hear more from Florida State and Georgia in particular."
The 6'3 190 pound prospect says he'll look at various aspects of what each program that offers him will bring to the table and he'll counsel with his family before making any commitments.
Looking ahead to his senior season next year he talked about what he'd like to accomplish during his last go around with his Cavaliers.
"Basically improve myself as a football player, help lead my team on a title run, make it to a All-Star or bowl game, and reel in more offers."
Uncertain of his official stats for the season he says he had approximately 70 catches with nearly 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns.
On Monday night Arcega-Whiteside reported that he had received his second scholarship offer.
"I just got my second offer. Elon offered me and they told me they had offered me a long time ago but he just forgot to tell me."