Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar F. Smith defensive end Brian Whitmore has just started two-a-day practice with his team. What does the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder think of the upcoming season, his team and his abilities this year?
"Practice is going good, we've had really solid practices and we've got a family here. The family thing is really good and we're looking for a state championship, nothing less," he said. "I can tell this team is definitely a lot bigger, stronger and faster than last year. Personally, I can tell I'm getting off the ball quicker and I'm working on my techniques more. I'm also looking to stay in the weight room more to get bigger."
As for recruiting, the No. 14 player in Virginia hasn't seen much change since he didn't visit any schools this summer.
"I've just been calling coaches and getting mail," he said. "I called Virginia Tech and Miami recently to just talk about what's going on. I'm still giving everybody a level playing field as they are all sending about the same amount of mail. I don't think I can have a favorite until I take my visits. I'm planning to take all five of my visits after the season."
Currently, Whitmore holds approximately 17 offers from the likes of Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia, LSU and others. The prospect is planning to make a final decision sometime close to Signing Day.
One notable difference between the teams recruiting the prospect is that Maryland is the only school recruiting him to play outside linebacker.
"It's a good position and then I'd get to stand up," he said. "I've never done that before, but it probably does have its advantages."
The three-star lineman was named all-district, all-region and honorable mention all-state as a junior. He compiled 75 tackles, 18 for loss, 10 sacks, one interception and three fumble recoveries.