Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar F. Smith defensive end Brian Whitmore was expected to stay in state by many and possibly attend Virginia Tech. And, if he didn't go to Tech, he would likely head south to a Florida school or to North Carolina. That's why his commitment to Maryland is so impressive as the coaching staff pulled off an upset for the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder.
"Basically he just clicked with everybody on his visit," said Whitmore's father, Alphonzo. "It was his first official visit. We had been up there three times on unofficial visits and he just liked it. Maryland was the right school. He is very pleased."
Whitmore was considering Florida, Miami, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. In fact, he had an official visit set with UNC for next weekend. Will he take it or is the process over?
"We will if they will let us go," his father said. "Really there is no need. Maryland is it."
Whitmore had 12 sacks as a senior and was named first team All-District as both a defensive and offensive lineman. His coach, Richard Morgan, feels that Maryland is getting a very good one.
"He's got a great busrt of the snap of the football," Morgan said. 'His long arms coupled with his size make him tough for offensive lineman to handle."
Whitmore was recruited by Tom Brattan from Maryland. He joins Hargrave stud Melvin Alaeze as defensive linemen in this class.