Brian Whitmore enters his senior season extremely focused and is eager for the first game of the regular season. The 6-4, 240-pound Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) star defensive end has worked hard this off-season and will be the leader of a very talented team, even without former star quarterback Greg Boone running the show.
“Everything’s been going great,” Whitmore said. “I’ve been focusing on football. We’re practicing everyday. We just got into pads about two weeks ago. I’m getting to practice a little more hyper. I’ll go out there and hit somebody hard in practice and get them to step it up a little bit.”
Coach Richard Morgan’s off-season program has paid dividends.
“I’m still 6-4, 240, but I’m feeling stronger, definitely,” Whitmore said. “I improved my bench about 10 pounds and I’m up to 350 now. My goal this off-season was to get into the 1,000 pound club and I’ve been there. [The 1,000 pound club] is bench, squat and power clean. I’m squatting 530 and the power clean is 285.”
Oscar Smith’s season opener is September 3rd versus Booker T. Washington, but its first scrimmage is this week. Four teams – Oscar Smith, Phoebus, Princess Anne and Kellam – will participate in the jamboree scrimmage. Whitmore gave his assessment of his squad heading into the preseason contest.
“Well, the quarterback is going to be good because all the line is seniors or returning starters,” Whitmore said. “He’ll have time, so he should be good. Our running back is promising. On defense, our defensive line is going to be scary. The fastest guy on our team is at d-end right now. We’ll be coming in fast on the outside.”
On the recruiting front, five schools currently stand out to Whitmore.
“Virginia Tech, Miami, UNC, Maryland and LSU,” Whitmore replied when asked which schools are the main ones in contention.
The above programs may stand out, but Whitmore remains uncertain as to which ones will actually get official visits. He is still not sure if he will take all five officials.
“Not right now,” Whitmore replied when asked if he knew where he would take his official visits. “I haven’t really been looking into it.
“I think I can take one during the bye week of our season, but other than that I don’t think I want to miss anything for official visits.”
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