VT Evaluates Whitehead, Knowles

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Osbourn (Manassas, VA) has three FBS prospects in its 2011 class, including star athlete Dominique Terrell, wide receiver Timmy Keith and lineman Marcus Mathews (a Miami-Ohio commit). 5-9, 175-pound slot receiver/cornerback Lucky Whitehead has been just as big a part of the team’s 2010 success as the aforementioned three, and FBS coaches are starting to take notice.

“In my mind, I think Luck is every bit as good as Timmy Keith or Dominique Terrell,” Osbourn head coach Steve Schultze said. “He has got to bring up his GPA and SAT.”

Whitehead is a talented overall athlete, something he has shown on the field and in practice as well.

“[Last week] we were all doing 40s,” Whitehead recalled. “We were running races against each other. Dominique and Timmy basically told me they would take me. In the end, we all lined up, and I came out strong and ended up winning the whole thing. I have real nice speed. I’m quick with the stop and go. I’m real shifty.”

Virginia Tech headlines the list of schools interested. No offer has been extended, though Tech will continue to evaluate the speedy prospect.

“A Virginia Tech coach came in recently and told me they were looking at me,” said Whitehead, who also has interest from Kent State, Syracuse and Villanova. “They said they really liked me, but I need to give them some more ammunition. He said they were recruiting me and they will stay with me. I need to go ahead and improve on the SAT.”

Whitehead has performed well on both sides of the ball. He prefers to play offense, but most college coaches are projecting him as a corner.

“At the beginning of the year, I didn’t play as much defense, but they used me against the better wide receivers,” Whitehead said, reflecting on his senior season performance to date. “I feel real good about how I’ve done, but I can’t do as much on defense as I want. I’m not as big, but I play my best. Mostly, my speed helps. And I keep my head in it.”

Prep school could be a possibility, and it’s something the Osbourn standout is willing to explore.

“I might have to go to prep or whatever,” Whitehead said. “That really wouldn’t bother me. I love football, so I’m not going to stop if I don’t make it yet.