Defensive tackle Eric Whitehead is today’s scouting report subject. He is one of two players from the state of Indiana to sign with the Hokies in 2015.
247: 3-stars, #52 DT overall, #14 player in Indiana
Rivals: 3-stars, #53 DT overall, #14 player in Indiana
ESPN: 3-stars, #67 DT overall, #11 player in Indiana
Charley Wiles and Bud Foster have a habit of finding defensive tackles who might not be highly rated, but who are a perfect fit for Virginia Tech’s scheme, despite physical characteristics that would limit them in other schemes. Derrick Hopkins is the perfect example. Eric Whitehead is the latest defensive tackle signee who fits that mold.
Though Whitehead is listed at 6-1, I’ve seen him in person at Tech’s camp. He’s not 6-1, and I don’t think he’s even 6-0. I think he’s more like 5-11. However, that’s okay. Short, squatty defensive tackles have certainly been able to enjoy a lot of success at Virginia Tech in the past.
Whitehead’s lack of size limits him in the rankings, and that precluded him automatically from getting scholarships from many major programs, simply because he wouldn’t fit their scheme particularly well. However, that isn’t an issue when it comes to Virginia Tech’s scheme. When you watch his highlights, it’s easy to see how his strengths are a very good fit for what Bud Foster and Charley Wiles like to do.