Defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker has had Auburn high on his list since he visited for a mini-camp last summer, and a trip to Auburn for the Iron Bowl did nothing but help Auburn's standing.
Whitaker, 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds from Warner Robins (Ga.) High School, took an unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend. Warner Robins coach Bryan Way said Whitaker enjoyed his visit.
"We talked about it the other day, and he told me he had a really good time over there for the game," Way told AuburnUndercover.com. "He said nothing really stuck out to him, but he loved the atmosphere. He said it was really loud and definitely exciting for him."
Whitaker has not said much about his favorite schools, and he has not narrowed his list down, but the time to take official visits is nearing. Way said Whitaker knows where he wants to go on four of his visits.
"He will take an official visit to North Carolina this weekend, Auburn sometime in January, Georgia sometime in January and South Carolina at some point," Way said. "The fifth visit is up in the air."
Way said Whitaker has been busy this week with coaches from several schools visiting at his house. Way said Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker was at Whitaker's home Monday, and Whitaker has appointments with two other coaches this week.
"Coach Rocker was here (Monday) and I have not talked with Jeff about that visit," Way said. "But there have been several coaches want to visit him, and that is just part of it. He is very cordial to everyone."
Way said North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina have also been to see Whitaker this week. Way said knowing exactly what the coaches expect out of him will be good for Whitaker.
"He has a big decision to make, and I know he will make a good one," Way said. "No matter what, I know it will be the best decision for him. He will be looking for which coach is the best fit for him. It will really come down to who is going to take care of him when he gets there."
Way said the official visits may be approaching, but Whitaker is no closer to naming who he will sign with in February. Way said Whitaker has taken his time throughout the entire process, and he is not going to rush now.
Way said the recruiting process has not changed who Whitaker is as a person.
"He is the same guy he has always been," Way said. "He is just humble and appreciative of all this attention."
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