Recent rumors and speculation have led many to believe that quarterback Ike Whitaker is close to making a decision. Is that the case?
"Yes, I'm close," he said. "I'm just not sure how close yet. I'm to the point where I want to make my decision final before my season starts, but I'm not going to rush it before I know the right place for me. But I'm definitely going to be working to cut my list down and choose a school here shortly."
Previous reports indicated that Virginia Tech and Maryland were the two schools to beat for Whitaker. Is that still the case?
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"Those two are in my top five for sure," he said. "But West Virginia, Florida and Clemson are right up there with them. I think each of those schools has an offense that I could be a great fit in.
"I've had a chance to visit Clemson, West Virginia, Florida and Virginia Tech this summer. And being here in Maryland I know plenty about their program too. So right now I don't think I'll need to take official visits, because I'm hoping I'll have a decision soon."
The 6-foot-4, 198-pound dual-threat quarterback from Germantown (Md.) Northwest has offers from all five of his leaders. As a junior he rushed for 670 yards and 11 touchdowns while passing for 1,240 yards and 23 scores.