Running back is a talented position in the class of 2009 and a number of these talented backs are interested in the Longhorns. However, throughout the recruiting process Texas has made it clear that Chris Whaley is their guy.
When Inside Texas dropped by Madisonville High School this summer, head coach Greg Morgan said the Longhorns gave his star running back, Chris Whaley, a very significant distinction.
“(Texas) indicated to him that if he committed, then they were done in the running back business for next year,” said Morgan. “That’s a pretty good feeling, I imagine, as an athlete, being the only guy at that position.”
This honor was definitely not from a lack of options. Dexter Pratt, Trent Richardson, Christine Michael, Lamar Miller, Stepfan Taylor, Ryan Swope, Jonathan Miller and many more great running backs in the class of 2009 have expressed serious interest in Texas at one point or another, but Whaley is the only one to come away from Austin with an offer.
A big reason has to do with the impressive high school career the Mustang runner has put together. He’s put together back-to-back 2000-yard rushing seasons for Madisonville and has scored 70 touchdowns — and, by the way, he still has another year in high school to go. According to Morgan, Longhorn coaches believe that Whaley is not only the best running back in the state, but the No. 1 running back in the country. At least, that’s the sentiment Texas assistant coach Bruce Chambers expressed when he sat down with Morgan to go over Whaley’s film.
“(Chambers) watched maybe five minutes and, he may have just said this to say it, but he said, ‘Coach, he’s the best running back in the nation.’ He said, ‘We’re gonna get him,’” said Morgan.
And Texas got him. On February 10th, Whaley became one of the first commitments for the Texas Class of 2009 and the Longhorns have kept their promise to make him the only running back in the class, not handing out another offer (Texas did give a scholarship offer to Pratt, but that came with the stipulation that he would be a linebacker. Pratt is instead headed to Baton Rouge to play running back for LSU). However, even though Texas head coach Mack Brown has kept his promise, Whaley said he wouldn’t have a problem with it if the Horns decided to go after another 2009 running back.
“I don’t mind competition,” said Whaley when IT met with him in Madisonville. “It’s always good to compete against somebody. It just shows how good you are and how good the other person is. I like competition.”
But a source close to the UT football program confirmed to Inside Texas on Tuesday that the Longhorns are done at the position for 2009 and haven’t given out any offers to other senior running backs, nor will they. Morgan told IT he believes the Longhorns will keep that promise.
“If they say it, you can trust them at their word,” said Morgan. “They’ve been by-far the most heads-up, straight-shooting, no used car salesman tactics of any staff we’ve seen.”
Texas just wants one for 2009 and Whaley said he’s going to keep his commitment to be that one.
“Teams are still trying to get me, but I’m not going to change my mind. Texas is where I’m going,” said Whaley.