It's no secret as to how loaded the Class of 2009 is, especially at the skilled position. And when that conversation comes up, Madisonville running back Chris Whaley should definitely be a topic for discussion.
The 6-3, 220-pound Whaley hit the recruiting radar hard after rushing 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. Now with junior year behind him, plenty of Division I coaches have extended scholarship offers to him.
"I have offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Florida State, and Oklahoma State," Whaley said.
With offers like this in hand, it is evident that more are sure to come. Whaley's junior year statistics were 2,119 yards and 31 touchdowns. He has made a few trips to schools to see some games and talked about the experience at them.
His most recent trip was to Austin for a Texas football game.
"I went down to see the Texas/Texas Tech game," Whaley said. "It was a good experience and I liked to be in a crowd like that."
But more importantly, Whaley was checking out the Longhorn offense and took note of a few things.
"It was interesting to see how much they run the ball," Whaley said. "It seems like I would get the ball the ball a lot because they run quite a bit."
Whaley also took a few trips to College Station and enjoyed those trips as well. But when it comes to the early attention, Whaley feels like his size is one of his strong attributes and is one of the main reasons that colleges are highly interested in him. He plans to make more visits some time later, but said that he is in no rush.
"Right now I am being real patient," Whaley said of his recruitment. "I plan to make more visits, but I haven't worked that out with my coaches yet."
There is no question about it; Madisonville running back Chris Whaley will be one of the top…