Shortly after committing to Maryland on his first official visit back in December, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar F. Smith defensive end Brian Whitmore decided to take more visits. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder took a trip to Virginia last weekend and that led him to some big conclusions.
"His visit to Virginia went fine, he talked to me about it and he had a good time," said Brian's father, Alphonso Whitmore. "He basically said that all the schools in the ACC are the same and they play each other. They all told him he'll play."
This resulted in the three-star prospect finishing his recruitment early by honoring his original verbal commitment to Maryland.
"He's going to honor his commitment," he said. "Since he gave Maryland his word first he wants to stand behind his commitment. There was nothing outstanding at Maryland that really made them that much better than North Carolina, Virginia or others. He just saw all the schools were pretty similar and wanted to take the pressure off because the whole process was wearing him down.
"The other problem was that he was talking about taking an official this week to either Virginia Tech or South Carolina, but obviously couldn't go to both. Instead he just wanted to let everything go and honor his word."
Whitmore is rated the No. 14 player in Virginia and the No. 25 strongside defensive end in the country.