The comparisons can officially begin now.
Madisonville (Texas) running back Chris Whaley competed at the Class 3A regional track meet in the 100-meters and the relays, and resembles another big Texas running back from a few years ago. The 2009 prospect says that he's used to the comparisons, but it doesn't change his hard-working attitude.
"I get that all the time," Whaley said. "People say I remind them of Adrian Peterson. It feels great being compared to him and being projected as a top running back, but I know I still have to work hard and give it all I've got."
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Whaley (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) combines tremendous size, speed and a football IQ. Those are just a few reasons why people are saying he's a can't-miss prospect in 2009.
"I'm a big, breakaway running back with good vision," he said. "I'm starting to get some mail and schools have been coming by to talk with my coach."
Whaley recites his stats with conviction, and his junior goals with just as much ease.
"I rushed for 28 touchdowns as a sophomore and 2,130 yards," he said. "Next year, I'm going for over 3,000."
Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M have caught Whaley's fancy early in the process.
"I've always loved Texas," he said. "Texas A&M coaches have come through and I also like Oklahoma. If someone like Texas offered early, I'd jump on it."
For now, Whaley plays the recruiting waiting game. At least he has varsity football, basketball and track to fill his time.