Germantown (Md.) Northwest quarterback Ike Whitaker made an unexpected visit this past week to the University of Maryland to check out the arsenal of young signal-callers the Terps have on campus.
In particular, the 6-foot-4, 198-pound Whitaker wanted to size up 2004 commitment Jordan Steffy. How did the visit help Whitaker size up his role in Ralph Friedgen’s system?
“The visit went alright,” explained Whitaker. “The quarterbacks looked real good, but I can see myself fitting into this system.”
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Whitaker lists a top five of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Clemson, West Virginia, and Florida, but all indications as of late looks like it may be a two-horse race between Maryland and Virginia Tech.
“Of my five top schools, Virginia Tech offers me the best opportunity to play early,” admitted Whitaker. “Early playing time is a factor I’m weighing heavily in my recruitment.”
Whitaker has admitted that he’d like to make a decision before the season begins, and could possibly decide any day now. He has no intentions of taking any further visits.
“Right now, I just need to sit down and weigh out my options,” Whitaker said. “I’ve got the support of my family and I really can’t make a bad decision.”
Whitaker has stated that his decision could go beyond the start of the season, but he’d like to have things wrapped up no later than a week or two into the season so he can focus on leading Northwest to a state championship.