May 26, 2010

MSU commit hearing from Tide

Greenwood (MS) defensive back Jermaine Whitehead made waves last month by committing to the home state Mississippi State Bulldogs over offers from a number of top programs from around the country, including Arkansas, Auburn, Notre Dame, Stanford and Tennessee. But although Whitehead has publicly committed to the Bulldogs, many other programs have continued to pursue the Rivals250 to Watch member, including the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.

"Coach (Bo) Davis came by to see me today at my school.  Even though he couldn't talk to me, he was able to wave and tell my coach he was glad to visit me.  We have spoken before on the phone, but just seeing him at the school was exciting.  When the defending national champions are stopping by, then you know that is serious.  He is very laid back and down to earth."

According to Whitehead, Davis made it clear that the Crimson Tide are very interested in the 6-foot, 183-pound corner and plan on continuing to recruit him throughout the summer.

"He told my coaches pretty much the same thing he has told me.  If I come to camp at Alabama this summer and show out, I am going to get an offer.  They love the way I break on the ball and my physical play.  They are still looking for guys in the secondary so he wants me to come compete this summer.

"If Alabama offers, that puts them right up there in the thick of things with me.  The big thing with me will be playing time, but I don't expect anything to be handed to me.  I know I can come in and compete at Alabama, and instead of them telling me they are going to gift-wrap a spot for me, they are telling me I have the same chance as everyone else to come in and win a job.  That is what I mean by playing time.  I will have a shot, and that is all I am asking for.

While Whitehead remains committed to the Bulldogs, it's clear that the competition for his signature is not over just yet.

"Right now I am still committed to Mississippi St. but I have to keep my options open.  Alabama is the champs.  You have to listen to them when they come calling."

As a junior, Whitehead registered 32 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries on defense as well as 16 total touchdowns on offense and one as a kick returner.

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