ORLANDO, Fla. - Monticello (Fla.) Jefferson County defeated Chipley (Fla.) 47-13 to win the Class 1A State Championship. For senior defensive end Denzel Whitfield the victory marks four years of hard work as part of the Jefferson County program.
"I would have never thought during my ninth grade year when we were 1-9 that we would be winning state this year," Whitfield said. "This is the best way to end it. We did what we had to do to end it."
The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder put his recruiting on the backburner during his senior season but with things now concluded he is hoping his options grow.
"Right now I have an offer from Kentucky," Whitfield said. "I have been talking to Syracuse and I am talking with Indiana. I have also been talking to a couple other colleges like Bethune and Elon."
Northern Arizona and Western Kentucky are two other schools that Whitfield mentioned as in the picture.
Next up for him is working to schedule some official visits. He knows of two destinations that he wants to take visits too.
"Hopefully I can make some visits now and do what I have to do," Whitfield said. "I want to visit Kentucky and I know I want to visit Indiana. I don't know about the other visits. … I haven't set anything up yet."
His interest in visiting the Wildcats and Hoosiers is due to them being the highest-level schools that have shown him interest.
"That is where the best competition is," Whitfield said. "I like to compete."
On defense, Whitfield finished his senior season recording 18 sacks. He also contributes as an offensive tackle. At the next level, it makes no difference to Whitfield where he lines up.
"To tell you the truth I don't even know," Whitfield said. "I just want to play."