PAISLEY, Fla. – Running back Chris Whaley was not burdened with a difficult decision. Texas was his favorite school growing up so when the Longhorns offered, he didn't waste much time mulling his choice.
Whaley, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Madisonville (Texas) High, committed to Texas on Feb. 10. He said at the Football University Top Gun Showcase Camp earlier this week that his commitment is as strong as ever.
"The commitment means everything to me," Whaley said. "They gave me 100 percent and I'm going to give them 100 percent. I'm sure that's where I want to be, so I committed to Texas. What made me commit was when I first started playing football in the seventh grade I always wanted to play there. When they gave me the opportunity with the full scholarship, I accepted it."
Oklahoma and Texas A&M had offered before Texas, but Whaley wasn't that interested. His brother, Alonzo, is a freshman linebacker at Nebraska, but the Huskers really didn't do much for him. All along, it was Texas. He grew up a fan. He's still a fan. And after his senior season, he hopes to contribute in the Longhorns' backfield.
Whaley has Texas' offer letter hanging up in his house, a reminder that sometimes dreams do come true.
"Before that, when it had all started, I couldn't see myself in this position," he said. "But the greatest school in the country offered me a scholarship, so it was real good.
Last season, Whaley rushed for 2,119 yards and 28 touchdowns on 261 attempts. Whaley also caught five passes for 143 yards and three scores.
Along with the Aggies, Sooners and Huskers, Texas Tech, Florida State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State offered Whaley, ranked 10th nationally among running backs. He's the No. 10 prospect in Texas and No. 87 nationally.
One thing that helped Whaley navigate through his recruitment was that he sat in on a lot of meetings with his brother and college recruiters, so he understood the process. Alonzo Whaley signed with Nebraska over offers from Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and others.
"I hope he does well up there," Whaley said. "Eventually, we're going to have to meet up against each other. It's going to be a real good experience playing against each other.
"He knows I'm going to go to Texas. He tells me what all the coaches say up there, but he doesn't try to convince me to come up there."