GHS’ Tashon Whitehurst wants more love from UF


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.


  1. He wants to play coy, like he’s already some kind of five star player. But, truth is, he isn’t. He won’t be on Florida’s “show ’em the love list” because at 6’2″ 174 and 4.6, he first needs to add 50 pounds and drop .01 or .025 in the 40….

  2. I dont care how quick he is and how good his hands are, unless he is planning on playing wide out in college he definitely has got some serious growing to do. There is no way you can play linebacker at 175 pounds in the SEC. How can anybody who weighs 175 pounds go up against o-lineman who way 300+ every down and expect to come out on top in the long run. If this kid were to be at linebacker for the Gators when they played Alabama I can hear Nick Saban laughing already. Bottom line, if this kid wants to play linebacker in the SEC he better gain alot of weight his senior year or it aint happening. And 4.6 is not fast enough to be a starting wide receiver in this league either, so if your going there you better add some speed while you are at it.

  3. I agree with GatorRob. Too small to play LB and too slow to play safety. I think UF should take a wait and see approach before going any further with him.
    Glad he wants to be a Gator but there are a lot of guys out there that want to be Gators