One of the best indicators of a prospect's potential at the college level is the offers they hold. If the coaches at some of the nation's top football programs are right, quarterback Ike Whitaker should be a good one.
"I'm up over 10 offers now," he said. "Schools like Florida, Penn State, Clemson, UNC, Maryland, Virginia Tech, NC State, Syracuse, Marshall and some others have told me I can come onboard if I want to. I'm wide open right now. There aren't one or two schools that stand out. I want everyone to know that I'm not ready to eliminate anyone."
The 6-foot-4, 198-pound quarterback prospect from Germantown (Md.) Northwest runs the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds and has a good arm. As a junior he rushed for 670 yards and 11 touchdowns and passed for 1,240 yards and 20 scores.
What factors will play into Whitaker's decision the most?
"Pretty much the same things everyone else is going to consider. I'll look at the academics and support for athletes that's in place, the living conditions, the facilities and the coaching staff. Basically I'm looking for the perfect fit," he laughed. "That might be setting myself up to be disappointed, but I don't want to settle for something that might be the wrong decision."
There have been some rumors that Whitaker was set to choose between Maryland and Virginia Tech by the end of July. Are they true?
"I like both schools and I will camp at Virginia Tech coming up," he said. "But I'm considering a lot of schools right now."