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Whitfield coming for Arkansas offer
LITTLE ROCK Athlete McKinley Whitfield wasn’t able to make to one of Arkansas’ June camps, but he’s determined to attend the Hogs’ July camp and earned a scholarship offer.
“He hit me up on Twitter and asked if I could make it down in July,” said Whitfield of tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. “I said ‘I’ll be there in July’.”
Athlete McKinley Whitfield, 6-3, 195, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Spiro, Oklahoma has 11 scholarship offers, including Minnesota, Houston, Memphis, Arkansas State and Southern Miss.
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Other schools are trying to get him to camp.
“Purdue has been talking to me,” Whitfield said. “Washington State, just a lot of kind of far away schools. I may go to TCU and Texas Tech.”
Whitfield, who attended the Hogs’ spring game in April, said the Hogs like him in the defensive backfield.
“Coach Lunney told me possibly at safety and if I get bigger later on, outside linebacker,” Whitfield said.
Whitfield played quarterback as a junior and passed for about 1,100 yards and rushed for 1,123 yards. He’s eager to add Arkansas to his offer list.
“It’s a great program, it’s SEC, it’s close to home,” he said. “It’s a great place to play and great fans. If you don’t like it, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. It’s a great place.”
“I would definitely consider about going there. They would be high on my list.”
Whitfield has an official visit set for Minnesota on Oct. 17.
“I would like to get one to Arkansas, but they would have to offer me,” he said.
He showed impressive athletic and play making ability against such receivers as D.J. Brown and K.J. Hill of North Little Rock at former Hog J.J. Meadow’s Salt County Elite 50 Camp at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock last Friday.
“I learned a lot of drills and footwork stuff like that ,” Whitfield said. “The one-on-ones were pretty good. I got some good work in.”
Whitfield sees himself playing safety at the next level.
“I honestly believe I’ll be a safety once I get my footwork down,” he said. “I love hitting. I’m talented and a great athlete. I just feel like I can play safety at the next level and then again linebacker may come if I put that weight on.”