Wide receiver/defensive back Kodi Whitfield (6-2, 190, 4.5) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola has outstanding football bloodlines and is a player to watch for the class of 2012.
Whitfield was one of only three sophomores that saw legitimate action as a sophomore for one of the Los Angeles area's most celebrated programs. He ended up starting seven games at wide receiver and five games at free safety.
The scouting report on Whitfield is he's a big physical kid and is extremely intelligent, who is all football all the time, but still gets it done in the classroom. His weighted GPA is 4.2. Like their football reputation, Loyola is also one of Southern California's most prestigious academic institutions. He has yet to receive a B.
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Academic and athletic excellence runs in the family as Whitfield's father is Bob Whitfield, who played offensive tackle for Stanford and was a first-round draft choice for the Atlanta Falcons. He also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and ended his career with the New York Giants.
Whitfield is a disciplined route runner and he uses his intelligence on the gridiron, too. He has an exceptional football IQ. He has excellent strength off the line scrimmage and it easy for him to get off of press coverage. He has quick first move.
On the camp circuit, Whitfield is planning on taking in the NIKE Camp in April, the USC Rising Stars Camp, UCLA Camp, Cal and probably Arizona. Obviously Whitfield is not afraid of hard work or competition.
Last summer, Whitfield showed off his skills against tough competition like Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw in 7-on-7's. Look for Whitfield to have a breakout season as a junior and if he does he will be considered one of the best two-way prospects in Southern California.
An outstanding athlete who also runs track and just ran a 15.7 in 110 high hurdles this past weekend.
When it comes to being his turn on the recruiting trail, Whitfield will more than likely get looks at both wide receiver and safety. Definitely a D-I talent. He could still grow and that prototypical larger wide receiver or safety.
Pac 10 schools such as Arizona, Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC are already aware of him.
What is Whitfield looking for in a college?
"I am looking for an academically challenging school as well as athletics," Whitfield said. "I want to major in pre-med so I could eventually get into sports medicine."