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Whitfield excels at numerous spots

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Kodi Whitfield was all over the field Friday night in Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola's victory over Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco but even after the game he still seemed filled with energy and excitement.
He played well at wide receiver, defensive back and returning punts but Whitfield said it was all in a day's work and practice got him prepared.
"It all comes from practice," Whitfield said. "We do a lot of conditioning at the beginning of practice and our practices are uptempo.
"We're in full pads and it's live all the time so practice really prepares us. We owe that to our coaches and my teammates always pick us up when we're tired so that's really what it comes down to."
In high school, Whitfield, who committed to Stanford in late June, plays all over the place but the Cardinal are looking for him to play on offense. That's definitely fine with the Loyola standout who said he'd play anywhere as long as it helps the team.
"As far as talking to coach (Brian) Polian it's definitely wide receiver and they like me on the offensive side of the ball," Whitfield said. "I'm just trying to fit in."
Picking Stanford was a family decision, Whitfield said, and he's excited about the athletic and academic pursuits at the Pac-12 school.
"It was really an in-home decision," Whitfield said. "I spoke with my mom and my dad and we just felt that was the best place for me to go and I agree with them.
"My dad being there, I guess having a legacy at that school, I want to build my own so it's a great place to go to start a career and make it to the next level."
Still, Whitfield could take some visits. He said trips to Cal and Oregon might happen and that UCLA, Colorado and Boise State are still recruiting him. Nothing has been set up yet though.
"It's really open right now as far as visits and I haven't planned anything out," Whitfield said.
Rivals.com rates the four-star prospect No. 44 at wide receiver and No. 31 in the California state rankings.
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