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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Watch List LB Whitley talks junior days

By Sam Khan Jr.

Texas A&M has already made significant progress at the linebacker position in its 2014 recruiting class.

With commitments in hand from ESPN Watch List prospect Hoza Scott and Gilmer (Texas) High School outside linebacker Josh Walker, the Aggies got a jump start at the position.

There's another target they have their eyes on and he was on campus for the Aggies' junior day on Sunday: Houston/North Shore inside linebacker Zac Whitley.

Zac Whitley
Texas A&M would like to add Zac Whitley to an already impressive Class of 2014 linebacking corps.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound ESPN Watch List prospect was the only linebacker present at the junior day and Whitley said the coaches let him know how much they want him.

"They were saying that they're only looking for three linebackers in particular and I'm the only one that's left and I haven't committed yet," Whitley said. "That makes me feel great. It feels real good."

Whitley already holds offers from Texas, Houston and has picked up offers from Oklahoma and TCU in addition to Texas A&M. He plans to go to the Longhorns' junior day on Feb. 10.

While on the A&M campus, Whitley got positive vibes and liked what he saw. He also got to spend some time with head coach Kevin Sumlin.

"He was telling me that he thinks I'm a great player and that I'm a good listener," Whitley said. "They were watching my film, they liked the way I played, they liked the swagger that I had and I like the swagger that they have at their school. It's a very nice school and I like the program."

Whitley, who was a first-team all-district selection in 2012, also had the chance to meet new Aggies' linebacker coach Mark Hagen and the rest of the defensive staff. He also said he got positive vibes from the current A&M players.

"They were amazing," he said. "Every one of them shook my hand, came up to me, dapped me up. I felt like I was at home."

When it comes to things Whitley is examining in his potential landing spot, there are things beyond football.

"When I look into a school, first off, the people around me, I want to be comfortable," he said. "Engineering, I like engineering. Aerospace engineering to be specific. And just to have a great football team and a great family. I like having brothers like [I do at North Shore]."