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Whitaker Looking for Instate Offer
Xavier Whitaker currently sits with four offers. The 6'2, 195-lb running back from Brookfield Central (Wisc.) has already been offered by Buffalo, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois and Indiana. "Indiana offered me about two-three weeks back," he reported, "They have been sending a lot of mail and talking to me about playing running back. They want a big pounder and we talked about how I would fit into their offense." Last season, Whitaker rushed for 872 yards on 116 carries and 12 touchdowns. That production has earned him those four standing offers and interest from several programs who have come by the school. "Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota State and Central Michigan have popped in the last few weeks." He was happy to hear from the Badgers, an instate school who is hoping to impress enough to earn an offer from later this summer. "I'm going to head down to the Badgers' camp on June 14th to see if I can get an offer out of them. They like me a lot, they just want to see me come in and run. I've been down there a couple times. The first time I went down there was my freshman year, the second time was my junior year and it's a pretty nice campus. They're one of my top schools. If they offer me, that would be really nice. I would consider them over all other schools because they're my home state and so close and a prestigious program." Whitaker says he also could camp at Northern Illinois, although he believes the Huskies will offer him before then. This spring, he took up track and despite being hurt for much of the year, still turned in a 10.9 in the 100-meter dash on a tweaked hamstring. It was an effort to show his speed, even though he considers himself a between the tackles runner. "I'm more of an up the middle guy; I like running up the middle. I make defenders miss and in the open field, no one can catch me. I run people over and use my power and quickness to take advantage of the defenders. I would say, if I had to compare myself to somebody, a running back, it would be Beanie Wells, but less of a bruiser and more speed. "
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