Levonte “Kermit” Whitfield has decided to open up his recruiting options, so the Orlando Jones receiver has decommitted from the University of
Miami to “see what else is out there,” he said.
“I just want to go through the process,” Whitfield said. “All the other schools stopped [recruiting] because I committed. I just want to see where I might fit in.
“I’m open. I’m free.”
Whitfield, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound speedster who hopes to run track as well as play football wherever he decides to go to college, committed to Miami in May 2011, and even though he has been a lifelong Hurricanes fan, he still wants to see what offers might be out there.
“This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made ... wherever I go, though, Miami will still be my school,” he said. “Sometimes you just gotta face reality and open up your options.”
Jones head coach
Kenard Lang was an All-American at the University of Miami during his playing days in the early/mid-1990s before going on to the NFL.
“Of course I want to see him go there, but I also want him to be happy,” Lang said on Sunday. “That’s the main thing. He needs to go where he is comfortable. There can’t be any selfishness on my end … no way, whatsoever
Besides wanting to see what other schools are interested in his services, Whitfield also said he had grown a little frustrated with his inability to get in touch with members of the UM coaching staff.
“I’ve been down there like three or four times … once for a camp and once for their junior day. They all showed me a lot of love,” Whitfield said. “But I haven’t talked to them anytime recent. I contacted coach [George] O’Donnell the receivers coach, and he never replied to my message on
“We communicate on Facebook, but I barely am on Facebook, so we don’t talk that much.”
He said the one school he would like to see offer him is Florida State, which is where his cousin and fellow speedster Marvin Bracy will play next season as a freshman.
“I want all my offers to come in and then I’ll decide where I fit in,” Whitfield said. “I’d Like to see FSU offer me. I’d like to see a lot of schools offer me.
“I’m too much of a great player to sit on one school. This is the hardest decision ever. I have to find what school is best for Kermit, best school for Lavonte.”
Last season, Whitfield sat out the first four games with a high-ankle sprain that actually nagged him throughout the season, even upon his return. He managed six touchdowns in six games, four receiver and two rushing. He had 10 catches for 226 yards.
On the track, Whitfield has been unbeatable, although he has yet to run against his cousin Bracy this year. He is last year’s Class 2A state champion in the 100-meter dash, anchored the Tigers’ nationally-ranked 4x100 relay to a state title, and was runner-up in the 200 to class of 2011
Clemson football signee Sammie Watkins of South Fort Myers.
When Whitfield committed in May, he mentioned that he would love to see his cousin Bracy do the same.
"I do hope Marvin will go there," Whitfield said. "It would be cool to be on the same team."
Bracy then committed to FSU later in the summer.
Perhaps now, the possibility still exists. FSU, however, already has a pair of wide receiver speedster-types in the 2012 class in Bracy and Oxon Hill, Md., signee Ronald Darby.