Top DB Whitley Adds to Impressive Offer List

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Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) defensive back Eddie Whitley is making a nice run in the offer department. The talented defensive back is now up to 12 scholarship offers and counting and is approaching the number of offers out to his two teammates – Spencer Adams and R.J. Blanton.

One of the more recent offers came from Virginia Tech, which had already offered Adams and Blanton.

“Virginia Tech sent me a written offer last week,” Whitley said. “Coach Gray sent me a text message saying he saw my combine times at the Shrine Bowl combine. He said they were very impressed and that he was pushing for them to offer me. Virginia Tech is the school that wants me to come to their camp to see what position they would want me to play. They think I could cover enough ground to play free safety for them.”

California was the most recent school to offer.

“Me and Spencer were talking on the phone [on Tuesday night] about our offers,” Whitley said. “Cal just offered both of us. Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC, N.C. State, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Duke, Marshall, Colorado and ECU have offered me too.”

At 6-1, 175 pounds, Whitley, who posted 40-yard dash times of 4.4 and 4.46 seconds at the recent combine, primarily plays safety for head coach Mike Newsome. He does play cornerback on occasion, though, and this is the position most schools are recruiting him to play.

“The majority of my offers have offered me to play corner,” Whitley said. “They have seen a little film of me at corner. I play corner against the tougher competition. When we play opponents that are not as tough, I play safety because of my ability to read plays and my football IQ. I use my smarts in the game.”

Whitley, who has started since his freshman season, made over 100 tackles and picked off six passes in his junior season. Coach Newsome calls the gifted athlete a “general at the safety position.”

Whitley discussed what college coaches have said they like about him on tape…especially if they will put him at cornerback.

“I have good size. College coaches tell me they don’t see many 6-0 and up corners in college,” Whitley said. “I’ve got pretty good size to play corner and then I’m