Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven is one of the top teams in the Memphis area as well as one of the most talented in the entire state. This weekend, Whitehaven trounced Memphis (Tenn.) Hamilton in its 2009 season opener, to the tune of 53-0. The game was a nice start to the season for Whitehaven, however due to the lopsided score, reps were hard to come by for some of the school's top prospects, including three-star LB Ferlando Bohanna.
"We had a big game," Bohanna said. "I only played five minutes. We had 28 in the first quarter so he just took me out. It's cool with me. We gotta let the young guys play. It's my last year so I gotta let them learn the game we play and how we play it."
Bohanna is a big, physical linebacker that is surprisingly athletic for a player of his size. Coming into the season, the senior had high expectations for himself and for his team.
"I want to be the top linebacker in my state," he said. "Really I want to be the top linebacker anywhere. I'd like to have over 100 tackles, a couple of interceptions for touchdowns, some sacks and I also want to win a state championship, that's the main goal."
With that kind of production, Bohanna would certainly validate all of the recruiting attention that he has received. The 6-foot-0, 232 pounder headed into the season with offers from MTSU, Clemson, North Carolina and Southern Miss. Recently he added Mississippi State to that list.
"Coach Torbush called up with the offer," he said. "I was really proud about that. I went down there and had a great camp so they got back with me on that and it was pretty good. They're in the SEC of course. I don't really know too much about them but I think I can play there."
Currently, Bohanna isn't listing any favorites among his offers and is still hoping more options come his way.
"Right now there's not any schools that I have a favorite," he said. "I'm trying to wait right now and see how many offers I can pick up and go from there. I'm trying to win a state championship, that's what I'm focused on. I'm going to take some visits, I just don't know when. It'll probably be later in the season."
Though he has no particular visits in mind, Bohanna has an idea of some of the schools he hopes to take in.
"I'm going to visit all of the schools that offer me if that's what they want and all of the schools that are thinking about offering me," he said. "I'll probably go down to Ole Miss because they're close to home."