Devwah Whaley took his official visit to UGA more than 60 days ago. The four-star running back loved it then and still loves it now. He brought his mother and stepfather with him to UGA’s home game against South Carolina and rated it a “10” after the trip.
“They loved it, too,” Whaley told DawgNation on Sunday night. “We all loved it.”
But he’s made no silent commitment at this point. That’s contrary to insider talk and even broadcaster Andre Ware’s color commentary during a telecast this season. When asked if he’s made a silent commitment the senior from Beaumont Central in Texas had a simple reply.
“No, I haven’t,” he said.
Whaley said UGA, Arkansas and Texas are the schools he’s considering the most, but added Texas A&M was “still kind of in it.” He’s concerned that the Aggies already have commitments from two backs in the 2016 class.
He said he’d “most likely” make his silent commitment next month. He wants to take official visits to Arkansas and Texas before that. He will publicize that silent commitment at the Under Armour All-American Game in Florida on Jan. 2. Whaley has taken one other official visit to Texas A&M but said it didn’t compare to UGA. He has not been on any unofficial visits this year.
“Georgia was just awesome,” Whaley said, but he did not say UGA was his leader.
The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder said Texas has seen its stock rise. He named four coaches on the Texas staff that are recruiting him, including head coach Charlie Strong.
“Texas has always been right there for me,” Whaley said. “It is a matter of getting a better feel for it when I get back up there when I take my official next month. Coach (Charlie) Strong is a good coach and he’s at the point of rebuilding. I’m thinking about being a part of that, but I’m not sure about that yet.”
Whaley, who’s rated as the nation’s No. 4 RB, said he hears from UGA running backs coach Thomas Brown pretty much every day. UGA has a commitment from the nation’s No. 5 RB in Elijah Holyfield, but Whaley told DawgNation a long time ago it does not bother him. He likes UGA’s style of bringing in a pair of highly-rated backs to split the load.
“Georgia is still up there high for me and with me hearing the rumors about coach (Mark) Richt and him being gone I don’t think that’s true,” Whaley said. “I’ve still got Georgia pretty high.”
His official visit to Arkansas will be this weekend. Whaley plans to study kinesiology. He said UGA, Arkansas and Texas are all recruiting him the hardest.
“Just the whole weekend experience sticks out for me with Georgia,” Whaley said. “I think about that weekend still. Just the atmosphere, the vibe, the environment and the feel I got from it.”
When Nick Chubb went down with a season-ending knee injury this year, Whaley said he “was devastated.” He got to know Chubb at Dawg Night (UGA’s elite prospect camp) in July.
Whaley broke down his view of the depth chart at each of the schools he has in mind:
UGA: “Maybe fighting for that third spot my freshman year. Sony (Michel) and (Nick) Chubb will still be there.”
Arkansas: “The way it looks is me going in right away and being able to get some snaps.”
Texas: “It is sort of like Arkansas. Kinda.”
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.