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There is no question that Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Kevin Whaley turned in a fantastic junior season. The Tidewater and Beach district Offensive Player of the Year, he rushed for 1,992 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2006, helping Salem to an appearance in the Group AAA, Division 6 state semifinals. Virginia Tech certainly took notice of Whaley’s performance and was the first school to extend an offer.
Since the Hokies offered, Maryland has also come in for the 5-11, 175-pound star. This off-season, Whaley is working hard to answer any questions college programs may have. One thing in particular stands out as something Whaley is working hard to improve.
“My speed,” Whaley replied when asked what he is working to improve this off-season. “I need to get faster and I want to improve my endurance.”
Whaley, who claims no favorites right now, plans to be patient in this recruiting process. He does not expect to make a commitment anywhere for quite some time, possibly as late as around signing day.
“I’m going to go through the whole thing,” Whaley said. “I’m just open right now.”
Whaley has visited Virginia Tech, though, and says he liked what he saw in Blacksburg. He visited last summer for camp, so the staff had a nice opportunity to get an up-close look at his talents.
“I enjoyed the camp and it’s a beautiful campus, too,” Whaley said of Virginia Tech.
Though he is not the biggest of backs, there is no questioning Whaley’s toughness. Opposing coaches do not see a huge running back in terms of size, but they do find out quickly about his heart and toughness on the field.
“I run hard,” Whaley said. “I run with a lot of heart and I just put all my trust into my team.”
As Whaley leads his team into the 2007 season, he reflected on 2006.
“It meant a lot to us,” Whaley said of Salem’s run last season. “We’re just trying to get better and win the state championship next year....
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