Gainesville linebacker Tashon Whitehurst isn’t a big name in recruiting, right now, but he’s done a good job of getting the ball rolling in 2011.
The 6-foot-2, 174-pounder was one of the surprises at the Under Armour Junior Combine, where he sported a 4.6 in the 40 and displayed some of the best hands and quickness of the linebackers. A month later, he’s starting to hear from more colleges and he’s seeing the letters from schools start to pile up.
Florida State, South Florida, LSU and Arkansas have all sent letters, and while he doesn’t have any verbal offers, he’s excited about the process.
One school he’d like to hear more from is Florida. Playing in the Gators’ backyard, Whitehurst said he didn’t get any interest from Florida’s previous staff and has yet to hear from coach Will Muschamp or recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill, but he’s optimistic they will reach out to him in some way.
He had his chance to meet them in person over the weekend, but had to take the ACT. Whitehurst said he plans to make it to Gainesville for Florida’s next Junior Day.
Whitehurst isn’t being picky with schools at this point, but he’s got USF as his early leader after developing a strong relationship with wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan.
As for Florida, it’s a school he’d be interested in seeing more of, but his interest will only increase if Florida’s new staff shows the same interest.
“They would have to show a lot more than what they do now, but it would be cool if they did,” he said.