June 20, 2010

Miss. CB talks UA

Some of the top talent in the Southeast assembled in Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the Crimson Tide's 7-on-7 tournament and among the top performers was Greenwood (MS) cornerback Jermaine Whitehead, a four-star prospect committed to Mississippi State. Despite Whitehead's April pledge to the Bulldogs, several schools have continued to pursue the 6-foot, 177-pound defensive back, including, to some extent, the Crimson Tide.

"I came down Saturday morning and stayed for the whole event," Whitehead said. "Our team played really solid against some really great competition. The amount of talent that was there was just crazy. We ended up 2-2 for the tournament and I was really happy with how our group played."

"I played safety and receiver and I was pretty happy with my performance overall. Coach (Bo) Davis talked to my coach a good bit and had a lot of good things to say about me. He said they were a big fan of my coverage skills and my speed and they'd love to get me back on campus again at some point."

Whitehead said that while he has not received a written offer yet from the Tide, he believes it could be coming in the near future.

"I feel like Alabama is pretty close to offering me. That's just a guess from me I've been talking to them a lot lately and they seem to really like me and really be interested in me."

With offers from eight other schools, Whitehead said he isn't ready to completely shut down the recruiting process despite his commitment to Mississippi State.

"I'm still committed to Mississippi State at this point but I don't want to just shut everyone else out. There's really nothing wrong with visiting other schools and comparing the to Mississippi State. I love where State is headed right now as a program and I feel really good about them but at the same time if I were to find another place that seemed to be a better fit for me, I wouldn't want to close the door on that."

According to Whitehead, a written offer from the defending national champions would almost certainly reopen the four-star defender's recruitment.

"If Alabama offered me, it would most definitely make me reconsider things. They play big time ball with big time players and they win a lot of games. It's one of the top programs in the country and I would think anybody would have to take an offer from them seriously."

With a shortened summer schedule due to a minor injury, Whitehead plans on picking things back up at the beginning of the fall.

"I'm pretty much done with camps for the rest of the summer. I pulled my hamstring recently and I really want to rest it for a while and let it fully recover so if I do anything else this summer, it will probably be towards the end of summer. I will take all five of my official visits this fall but I haven't decided where yet. I will probably have a better idea towards the end of the summer."

As a junior, Whitehead recorded 32 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries on defense. He is rated the No. 18 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 7 player in the state of Mississippi.

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