T.C. Williams (Alexandria, VA) went 5-5 this season, narrowly missing out on the school’s first playoff berth since 1990. Head coach Dennis Randolph will return some talented players next season, led by highly recruited junior offensive/defensive lineman Jay Whitmire .
“Jay has been offered by about seven schools,” Randolph said. “There is Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Duke and West Virginia. Those schools there are really interested in Jay. Everybody that sees him offers him. Every one of the camps he attended, he was offered.”
A starter on the varsity since his freshman year, Whitmire started at offensive tackle and nose guard in 2009. He started at defensive end as a freshman and played offensive and defensive tackle last season as a sophomore. Whitmire plays on the varsity basketball and lacrosse teams as well, demonstrating the athleticism he has to go along with his large frame.
“At Pitt’s 7-on-7, he played tight end for us in the 7-on-7 tournament. He has great hands and really good feet,” Randolph said. “He is 6-7 1/2, 290 pounds, and he runs a 5.1 in the 40. He went from being a 6-5, 296-pound lineman as a sophomore to a 6-7, 290-pound junior. He trimmed down and changed his body type, which is one of the things that impressed people. Coaches at camps would see him run around in shorts and a t-shirt and see that he is not sloppy. He is agile.”
Whitmire attended camp at North Carolina, Pitt and Virginia. He has also taken a visit to Clemson and has family connections to the school. There doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite in the early going, but Whitmire had been impressed by all four programs he has visited.
“He has been down to Virginia several times. It is not far away, so it’s easy for him to go to games. His sister is a big volleyball star, so she went to see a volleyball match and they also checked out a game. He liked it. Coach Poindexter recruits the area and has invested a lot of time with Jay. He likes Virginia, but he also likes every school he has been to. The coaches at North Carolina treated him great. The Pitt coaches did too. He went down to Clemson and spent a lot of time with their coaches. He has an aunt and an uncle that went there. He has family about 20 minutes...
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