Vic Wharton (Nashville, Tenn./Christian Presbyterian Academy) is a 2014 athlete who picked up three offers this week.
“North Carolina was the first school to offer me,” Wharton said. “That was a big relief for me. I heard they were but I was not sure. But I talked with them on Tuesday and they told me they loved the way I played and I have a scholarship there. Shortly after they offered Ole Miss did as well. Then Mississippi State did.”
Despite only being a sophomore a handful of other programs in the southern region are on the verge of making him scholarship offers as well.
“I think Vandy and Clemson are very close,” Wharton said. “They may offer me this week. Cincinnati and Tennessee are close too.”
Wharton, 6-foot and 170-pounds, plays a variety of positions for his high school team. He is a running back, receiver, cornerback and he returns both punts and kicks. Last season he had 1,700 all-purpose yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Defensively he had 34 tackles, two forced fumbles and returned one fumble for a score.
“I think my position in college will be receiver,” Wharton said. “My speed is my strength. And I am as quick as I am fast.”
Wharton is new to the city of Nashville. He moved there last summer after spending his life in Knoxville and his first year in high school at Knoxville Catholic.
“I grew up a big Tennessee fan,” Wharton said. “My uncle, Brandon Wharton, played basketball for the Vols. I think they are going to offer me and I will really cherish that moment. It’s a dream of mine. I love coach [Derek] Dooley but I really want to wait and see what happens with the offers. I want to see what’s out there and just make the best decision for me.”
Wharton says he will visit Tennessee this weekend for their junior day. He’s also planning on seeing Mississippi State and Ole Miss soon as well as attending a spring practice in Chapel Hill.
Wharton is also a starting point guard on the high school basketball team. Four sophomores start together and they all have a future on the hardwood.
“We all want to go to college together,” Wharton said. “That’s the plan right now. I play with guys like Jalen Lindsey. He has six offers and was just offered a basketball scholarship by Florida. The other guys are Thomas Roshard and Braxton Bonds. Braxton is the nephew of Barry Bonds. We all plan on going to the same school together.”