Abilene, Kan., offensive lineman Cody Whitehair knew Kansas State offensive line coach Charlie Dickey thought highly of him, but he never expected an official scholarship offer to come in on Sept. 1.
But that's what happened yesterday when Whitehear, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle prospect, received a written scholarship offer in the mail from the Wildcats.
"I live here in Kansas, so the offer from K-State is pretty sweet," Whitehair said. "I went to their camp and talked to their O-line coach, coach Dickey. He was impressed with how I did, and then they sent me the offer yesterday.
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"It was pretty exciting to get it. Growing up in Kansas, you know a lot about the K-State program."
And recruiting fans and college coaches are about to get to know a lot about Whitehair.
"I play tackle," he said. "I'm a big guy. I'm 6-5, 303 pounds now. I think some of my biggest strengths are that I can move really well and I'm quick off the ball. I have a really quick first step. I'm pretty light on my feet.
"We run a spread offense here at Abilene, so we're pretty good at pass blocking."
As a sophomore, Whitehair said he had 93 pancake blocks, and he's hoping for even better numbers as a junior.
"I think the biggest thing I improved on was my quickness," he said. "For a big guy, you have to be able to move well if you want to be a great offensive lineman."
Whitehair said he's not going to rush into the recruiting process and his early plan is to commit to a school at the end of his junior season. He likes the K-State offer, but isn't ready to pledge to the purple quite yet.
"I've been to some other camps, and I think there are going to be others interested in me," he said. "Oklahoma State is probably one of my other top choices. I want to see if they're going to offer. I think I want to wait things out."
Whitehair has a 5.18-second time in the 40-yard dash, a 305-pound bench press and a 425-pound squat.