2005 Target: Ike Whitaker

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Northwest High School (Germantown, MD) Head Football Coach Randy Trivers boasts one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks on the East coast in 6-4, 200 pound Ike Whitaker.

As a junior, Whitaker threw for close to 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns passes with only five interceptions. He added close to 500 yards on the ground, averaging 9.8 yards per carry, and showing the ability to break big plays with his legs.

Matching his on-the-field production is his athleticism. During Virginia Tech’s 2003 summer camp, Whitaker was timed twice at 4.5 in the 40 yard dash. A triple-sport athlete, he has been a starter on the varsity basketball team each of the last three years and participates in track, notably the 200 and 300 meter events and the intermediate hurdles.

“Ike is one of the most gifted players I’ve ever coached,” Trivers said. “At 6-4, he could easily be 230 pounds on the next level. He has a fantastic arm, quick feet, and game-breaking speed. What’s even better is that he has a humble personality. He’s humble but hungry to win. He loves the weight room. He possesses those intangible qualities such as poise and leadership ability. Ike’s only played football for three years, but his awareness and knowledge and leadership abilities are outstanding.”

Whitaker first earned the starting nod as a sophomore. He was not called upon to be a big-time play-maker that season, as he had a large amount of talent surrounding him. Last year, Whitaker was asked to take a larger role in Northwest’s offense. He was ready for the challenge.

“As a sophomore, he was the varsity starter with virtually no football experience,” Trivers said. “Leading a talented team, he was mainly just trying to get his job done that year. He wasn’t quite as vocal. The next year we saw a major difference in the amount of knowledge he had of the offense. He was a coach on the field last year.”

Next year Whitaker will be one of the captains on the team. He shows great work ethic and has a competitive streak on and off the field.

“He’s the hardest working guy in the weight room,” Trivers said. “He’s a great leader and he has a great attitude. The team voted him captain for next season. He’s very competitive…whether it’s in warm-ups, practice, or the game.”

This off-season, Trivers would like his star to improve in the general knowledge of defenses as well as sharpening his running technique.

“He’s good at ball-faking and his footwork is solid,” Trivers said. “I

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