"I started out the year kind of shaky," added the always personable and witty Jermaine Whitehead. "I was not playing real good to be truthful. I was facing a lot of triple teams, and I did not know how to get around them, but I picked it up a lot lately. Coach just started getting me the ball in open spaces, and on defense, I take it back to the house every time."
Not every time but darn near it.
"I have four picks and I took three of them back (for TD's). I have so many batted down passes I can not even keep up with them."
The experience factor has taken Whitehead's defensive game to another level.
"I have learned how to read the QB's. I call the plays and get everyone in the right play. I am just watching a lot of film now and know so much more about the game now."
Jermaine has been recruited mainly as a cornerback but some schools could see him playing on both sides of the ball.
"It is really more for defense, but a lot of coaches called me after reading my offensive stats from last week and told me to not be surprised if I can came in and played offense. I had four rushes for 100 and something yards and a few receptions for over 200 yards and 4 TD's last week."
Which colleges are staying in weekly phone contact?
"Auburn and Ole Miss are still coming after me hard. Coach (Chris) Vaughn (from Ole Miss) was here at my game Friday. He said after watching me play up close he was definitely chaning my mind and whatever he had to do, he is going to do it (laugh) They are all trying to change my mind. MSU definitely stays in weekly contact with me. Stanford, Tennessee, USM, really, just all of them do."
Whitehead took in his first official visit last weekend. It was also the first time he had been in a plane.
"The trip to Stanford was great, really, but the plane ride was really cool. I had never flown before. I didn't want to get way up there in the sky. I was afraid to, to be honest, but once I got up there it was just a great experience. Now I love to fly."
Jermaine expands on his Stanford visit.
"It is just an incredible place. They have a lot of great people out there. Their education is what really attracts me. A Stanford degree carries you a long way. I know football only lasts so long, and I think a Stanford degree will help me establish a great life after football."
What stood out the most about Stanford?
"I want to say just the people. It is way different than Mississippi. It is not a bad different. Both places have good people. They are just different. The biggest thing about Stanford to me is that it has the best combo of academics and sports than any school in the country. That goes a long ways with me."
The coaches welcomed him with open arms.
"They were just so happy to see me out there and happy that I could experience a different part of the country. They think I can come right in and help them right now. They told me how much NFL experience they have and how many NFL connections they have. They can take me to the league if that is what I want to do, and if I decide I want to become a doctor or a lawyer, I can do that too. It's just an all-around good school."
Has Whitehead talked to the MSU staff (the school he is currently committed to) about his decision to take some official visits?
"I told Coach (Melvin) Smith about it. He said he wanted me to visit California and see what it is like out there so I have something to compare (Mississippi) State too. I have not talked to Coach (Dan) Mullen lately though."
Tennessee could be receiving a visit in the near future.
"I talked to a couple of their coaches this week and they are trying to get me to come up the Alabama or Ole Miss game. I am going to talk to my coach and mom about getting up there to see them play. There is nothing like a good ole SEC football game."
Anymore visits in the works?
"I have not set any dates yet. I really do not know which schools I will pick to visit yet. I am going to do that after my season is over."
Although Jermaine is still taking in some visits he feels comfortable with his decision to attend MSU next fall.
"I think it is kind of final right now. Everything is cool (with me and MSU). I am good with where I am at (with my commitment to MSU). We will just have to see when it comes down to signing day, I guess. Really, I just like like MSU a whole lot because I fit in there. I am just taking these visits to say I gave everybody a fair shot and see where everyone stacks up compared to MSU."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org