Varsity Preps

Across the Deep South VI, Under-the-Radar Prospects

Across the Deep South” is a series spotlighting prospects from Texas to Virginia. Varsity Preps provides a snapshot of each player’s recruiting picture. As always, highlight tapes are hyperlinked on the prospect’s name (if available).

GEORGIA

— 2015 ATH/QB Christian Whitner (5’11, 175, 4.45) of Greene County High told Varsity Preps that Georgia is showing him interest. “UGA is recruiting me as an athlete.”

He recently camped at Dawg Nite and has a Bulldog connection: his head coach played at Georgia, running back Robert Edwards.

Whitner says he feels UGA is warming up to him. “Coach Edwards sent my film to them and he said the UGA staff liked it,” he said. “I visited for a Junior Day, I got to tour the campus and facilities. When I camped, I was running drills as a wideout, running routes and catching passes.”

The Auburn Tigers have also expressed interest in Whitner. “Coach Edwards said they requested my film and wanted more information on me, but it’s new interest, we’ll see where it goes. They did invite me to come to campus Nov. 16th to visit and see the game against Georgia.”

Whitner reports a 3.3 GPA and is scheduled to take the ACT next month. He says he’ll primarily play quarterback for Greene County this fall despite the interest at safety and receiver from college coaches at a few area university camps he attended over the summer. He acknowledged that gameday atmosphere, the coaching staff, early playing time, and academics will factor into his college choice.

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— 2015 RB Jamal Richard (5’8, 165, 4.42) of Greenbrier High doesn’t claim any offers, but said that Georgia Tech, West Georgia, and Coastal Carolina have expressed interest. “Georgia Tech and Coastal Carolina have told me they like my film and they both are planning to see one of my games this fall.”

Richard has already visited Georgia Tech. “The coaches didn’t talk about football the whole time. The staff has faith in God which impressed me. They have a young staff and they can relate to the young players,” he said. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere and it’s not too far from home.” The Yellow Jackets are recruiting him as a corner.

He spoke on the interest from West Georgia. “I camped there recently and felt like I outperformed everyone. I ran a 4.39/40,” Richard boasted. “The staff told me they liked me and that I can expect an offer soon.”

Greenbrier’s talented athlete won the Combine King Award at a National Underclassmen event over the summer. He states that playing style, offensive scheme, and how a program plans to utilize him will determine his college choice.

This fall, Richard will start both ways, at RB and CB, and will return kicks and punts.

FLORIDA

— 2014 RB Dwayne Wood (5’8, 195, 4.6) of New Smyrna Beach High doesn’t claim any offers, but said FIU is showing some interest. “I camped and took an unofficial visit there in March. I impressed RB coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker and he told me he liked me a lot, that I had a real good camp, so I’m waiting to hear back from them.”

Florida Tech and Boston College have expressed interest in the rising senior, who will also line up at LB this season. Wood says he’d prefer to play college football in Florida. “I’m a family guy, I’d like to stay closer to home so the family can see me play. But if it doesn’t work out that way, I’m not opposed to moving.”

Wood is a tough, versatile player. He has enough quickness to hurt defenses up the middle. On tape, most of his carries are from the FB position, and he displayed soft hands and looks to be a receiving threat coming out of the backfield, or lining up in the slot and at TE. He’s set goals for the 2013 season that will challenge his ability. “I want to gain at least 1,000 all-purpose yards and score at least seven touchdowns, and hopefully in doing so bring home a state championship to New Smyrna Beach.”

— Michael Bradley

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