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Northwest (Germantown, MD) quarterback Ike Whitaker had visited Virginia Tech twice last season to see games, so he knew what to expect going into this past weekend’s trip to Blacksburg. Though he had experienced everything before, he still enjoyed his experience.

“It was good,” Whitaker said. He made the visit with much of his family. “It was real good. I love the crowd. My family had a great time.”

Familiarity is major plus for Virginia Tech is this recruiting race. Whitaker has not only visited twice for games, but he has also attended Virginia Tech’s camp over the past 3 summers. He has gotten to know the Tech coaches really well.

“I like Tech a lot,” Whitaker said. “I’ve been down there for summer camp the last 3 years, so I know the coaches better than other teams. That’s a good thing for them.”

“I talked to the coaches after the game. They were glad to see me and glad I came. Even though they had just lost, they were nothing but positive.”

Quarterback is one of the main priorities in this year’s recruiting class, and Whitaker is one of Tech’s top targets. The Hokies may have to wait to find out his collegiate destination however.

“I’d like to take some officials,” Whitaker said. “It would give me a chance to be with the players and see how everything really is…not just on gameday. I’ll probably take some.”

Virginia Tech is joined in this recruiting race by Florida, West Virginia, Clemson and Maryland. Whitaker says he is “not naming any favorites” at this time. He is not sure when he may have a decision.

“I really can’t say,” Whitaker replied, asked if he felt he knew when he would make a decision. “I just take it one day at a time.”

This weekend, Ike may make another visit to Blacksburg to see the West Virginia game. He also plans on attending the LSU at Florida game on October 9th.



Whitaker progressed last year as a junior from his previous year. He has done the same thing this year. With a lot of hard work, Whitaker is becoming one of the top quarterback prospects in the East.

“All of the hard work I’ve done is paying off,” Whitaker said. “The whole team is playing well right now.”

Whitaker has led Northwest to a 4-0 record. In last week’s 55-0 romp over Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Ike completed 9 of 12 passes for 162 yards and 4 touchdowns.