Virginia Tech has landed one of its top quarterback targets for the 2005 recruiting class. Northwest (MD) star Ike Whitaker, who is one of the top dual-threat quarterback prospects in the country, chose the Hokies today over Maryland, Florida, Clemson and West Virginia.
“Yes, he’s going to Virginia Tech,” Northwest High School Head Coach Randy Trivers said. “I can’t speak for Ike in saying exactly what put them over the top, but I think Virginia Tech has always been an attractive school to him. They have the total package. They offer great education, football tradition and stability. They also have a lot of young talent and will continue to be successful. Location-wise, I think it’s attractive to Ike to play in front of family and friends. And most of all, I think he’s just comfortable with the people. He’s comfortable with all of the coaching staff and players. He just feels very good about the situation.”
Whitaker, a 6-4, 200-pound signal caller, has led his team to a Regional title in 2004. Northwest advanced to the Maryland 3A semifinals with the 41-27 win over Frederick last week. Whitaker had an excellent performance, completing 17 of 22 passes for 261 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He added 2 touchdown runs.
Through 12 games in the regular season and playoffs, Whitaker has completed 126 of 214 passes (58.9%) for 2,222 yards, 27 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He has rushed for 408 yards on 70 carries, scoring 8 touchdowns.
Coach Trivers expects his to develop into an excellent quarterback on the next level.
“To me, I’d find it difficult to find a kid that is as sure of a bet to be a star in college as Ike Whitaker,” Trivers said. “I know he’s my player, but I coach him and I know him. The things you need to make you successful on the next level are more than talent. Ike has a passionate work ethic. He’s made tremendous strides each year that he’s been here. He’s hungry to learn and he’s hungry to be the best. Those are tremendous qualities in a quarterback. I mean, it’s hard to match his physical gifts. He’s about 6-4, has a great arm and can run around a 4.5 in the 40. But he loves to practice, he loves to lift, he loves to prepare and that’s what makes him a great leader. He outworks everybody, and players follow that.”
Whitaker becomes the 12th verbal commitment for the 2005 recruiting class (which is actually 14, counting Brandon Holland and Sam Wheeler).