Is Whitaker Any Closer?

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Northwest (Germantown, MD) quarterback Ike Whitaker had hoped to have a decision before the start of his senior season. That didn’t happen. Now, he’s hoping to have one by the end of his senior season. That remains to be seen.

“I hope to make a decision by the end of the playoffs,” Whitaker said. Northwest begins their playoff run this week against Urbana. The playoffs last 4 weeks. “Most likely I will.”

The schools in the running for the talented 6-4, 200-pound dual-threat quarterback prospect include, in alphabetical order, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Whitaker will make a trip to one of those 5 this weekend.

“I’m going to Florida this weekend,” Whitaker said. “It’s an unofficial visit. They still don’t know who the Head Coach is going to be, which worries me, but I still want to see the campus and a game.”

When asked if any of the 5 are pulling away from the rest, Whitaker replied “no, not really. I’m still open. I’m just waiting. When I make my decision, that will be my decision. It’s just going to be a feeling I think. Every school I’m looking at is a great school.”

Whitaker has written down a list of positives for each of his schools. He stated some of the positives about Virginia Tech.

“I know the coaching staff really well,” Whitaker said of the Hokies. “They have young players, especially young receivers, which is what you like to see as a quarterback. I’ve been going to camp there since I was a freshman, so I know the area really well. And they run my type of offense.”

Whitaker will focus on running his own offense right now, as he hopes to lead Northwest to a state championship. He has already led his team to a 9-1 record in the regular season with the only loss coming to Seneca Valley 36-35. Whitaker stated that he has thrown for 1,700 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 800-1,000 yards with 23 touchdowns.