Whitaker Is a Playmaker To Watch

Cerritos WR De'Jai Whitaker (6-5, 190) has several schools eyeing his talents heading into the 2015 season...

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De'Jai Whitaker
Cerritos (Calif.)
  • WR
  • 6'5"
  • 190

"I have one offer and I have talked to a bunch of schools that stopped by this spring that said they are looking at me," Whitaker told JCFootball.com. "Idaho told me they have an offer for me and I've been talking a little bit with Washington and Utah recently.

"There were a bunch of other schools that said they liked me, but those are the three I am talking to the most right now."

Whitaker is the top returning receiver on the Falcons' roster after hauling in 24 receptions for 379 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman last fall.

"They moved me around a lot last year," Whitaker noted. "I played some out of the slot and some at the 'X' and some at the 'Y', depending on the call and what alignment we were calling.

"I feel like I can do it all as a receiver. I mean, I can take a short pass and make a play with the ball in my hands, but I can also get down the field and go up and get the ball too."

This offseason, the big wideout has been working hard to perfect his craft, focusing on a couple of areas where he knows he can improve.

"I'm working a lot on my explosiveness and my strength," Whitaker noted. "How I come out of my breaks, my quickness, stuff like that.

"I also want to get my route-running down. I've been doing lots of footwork drills and strength drills for that."

As a prep, Whitaker switched schools from Crenshaw to Santa Monica High School between his junior and senior season. He was unable to get qualified for a scholarship to a four-year program, so he decided to head to Cerritos to get his academics in order and to continue playing ball.

"Cerritos was the school everyone said was one of the best programs in the country," Whitaker said. "I've had a good time here and I think I have gotten better. The coaches here are great and you practice and play against top players all of the time, so that helps get you better."

Whitaker hopes to finish up his two-year degree this December although there is a chance he could wind up being a spring 2016 graduate and he will have three years to play following the 2015 football season.

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