One of the players that stood out at this past weekend's NFTC was Monaca (Pa.) defensive back Jordan Whitehead, a very well put together 2015 prospect from Central Valley High School. Whitehead, who was a teammate of former Buckeye target and incoming Alabama freshman wide receiver Robert Foster, holds an offer already from Ohio State and was at camp this weekend looking to make an impression on those in attendance.
A 5-foot-11, 170 pound cornerback who does not look at all like a 170-pound cornerback, Jordan displayed excellent speed and cutting ability on Saturday and steady hands, he made a few leaping catches make look easy.
After the camp, Jordan talked a bit with Eleven Warriors about his performance at the camp, his recruitment and where things stand with Ohio State.
"I thought I did well in the drills today," Whitehead said of his NFTC performance. "I pulled my hamstring three weeks ago (running) track and today was really the first time I ran and it started pulling a little bit towards the end of the day. I was teamed up with Damon Webb most of the day"
When he arrived on campus, Whitehead was aware that he already had an Ohio State offer, and he's been talking to the Buckeyes pretty consistently of late.
"They are a school I am definitely interested in," he said. "(They offered) a couple weeks ago, my coach Mark Lyons told me they had offered. I've been contacting Coach (Luke) Fickell and Mark Pantoni, and I stay in touch pretty much every week."
There were a number of reports last summer about Ohio State and Robert Foster and how the two parties could not find a middle ground during his recruitment, Whitehead says that situation with Foster won't impact his recruitment in regards to Ohio State.
"(Robert) respects all the teams that were recruiting him," Whitehead said of Foster's advice for him. "He tells me to 'go where your heart is telling you to.' He said he'll be happy with whatever school I choose."
While the main reason for his visit this weekend was to camp at Ohio State, Whitehead did manage to check out the campus a bit on Saturday when he arrived.
"Yes, I did on Saturday," he continued when asked if he saw what the campus has to offer. "I spent some time with Coach Fickell and he showed me around a little bit. It really nice, one of the nicest campus I've seen. I liked it."
Now that he's been to Ohio State, Whitehead is getting a better idea of what to expect from his recruitment. He's also learning that this decision is not going to be an easy one to make.
"I think I'm going to wait and take my time with this process," he added. "Because it's such a hard choice to make. I don't want to hurry. I'm visiting West Virginia and Virginia Tech on the 12th, but Penn state and Pitt are the only other schools that I've been to. Penn State's head coach is the only head coach I've even talked with."
As for Ohio State, Jordan told Eleven Warriors that he intends on making it back to campus before his junior season starts, although he's not sure exactly when.