They say that timing is everything. So far, Devwah Whaley’s has been, shall we say, suboptimal.
On Thursday, Whaley ended a long recruiting saga by choosing Georgia ahead of scholarship offers from most of the nation’s top programs, including virtually the entire SEC. At the time, it was a Thanksgiving Day gift to Georgia coach Mark Richt, two days before the school’s annual in-state rivalry matchup with Georgia Tech. Fewer than 48 hours later, Richt was gone, and Whaley, the senior star of the Beaumont Central football program, was left to wonder whether his decision to play for the Bulldogs was a wise one.
This was Whaley’s reaction to the current Georgia coaching situation on Sunday evening, as word of Richt’s departure continued to trickle out.
That doesn’t sound like a particularly glowing response from a player the Bulldogs were banking on as part of a deep group in the offensive backfield, alongside fellow running back Elijah Holyfield and top quarterback prospect Jacob Eason. Now Eason is heading for a visit to Florida and other programs are launching a full-fledged assault to try and land Whaley, in-state traditional power Texas chief among them; the Longhorns had an in-home visit with Whaley Monday night and he’s scheduled to take an official visit to Austin on December 11.
Add to that a renewed push by Arkansas, and Whaley could very much be back in play, depending on how he reacts to the next Georgia head coach, be they Kirby Smart or someone else.