Ike Whitaker first appeared as a starting quarterback on the high school scene in 2002. As a sophomore without much football experience, the Northwest High School (Germantown, MD) product was asked not to do too much in running a team comprised of many experienced players.
As a junior, he was asked to step into a much larger role of playmaker for his team. He responded with 1,200 yards passing and 20 touchdown tosses to only five interceptions. A solid 6-4, 200 pound player with legit 4.5 speed (was timed twice during VT’s 2003 summer camp at 4.5 in the 40), he added 500 yards rushing and averaged 9.8 yards per carry.
With hard work on and off the field, Whitaker feels he has come a long way since his sophomore season. He is looking forward to his 2004 senior season.
“When I first started, remembering the plays was the toughest thing for me,” Whitaker said. “You just have to play more to learn the system. And you’ve got to practice a lot. I feel I’ve improved a lot. I feel I always had the talent. I just needed to keep working. I just want to keep hitting the weight room, practice hard, and I feel I’ll be ready for next year.”
This Spring, Whitaker attended the Nike Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia, not only to test himself against other top players at his position, but hopefully to learn what he can improve over the summer. He was not completely satisfied with his performance, yet he learned both positives and negatives about his game.
“I didn’t do the best I could do, but I thought I did all right,” Whitaker said. “I learned I need to improve on keeping my eyes up and throwing on the run. They said my strengths were my height and my footwork on drop backs. They liked my arm strength too.”
With his tremendous arm strength, size, and athleticism, most schools are recruiting him as a quarterback. He has six official offers including Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, all of whom are recruiting him as a quarterback according to Coach Trivers.
Still early in the recruiting process, Whitaker admits he has not thought much about favorite schools at this point. He wants to remain open to see which schools offer this Spring.
“Right now I don’t have any favorites,” Whitaker said. “I haven’t really thought about favorites right now. I just want to see who offers me and go from there. Right now I have six offers.”
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