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National Signing Day 2011: OT Jay Whitmire Signs with Virginia

Jay Whitmire | Offensive Tackle | T.C. Williams HS (Alexandria, Va.)
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Status:

6'7" / 283 lbs / 5.1 Video: [ESPN] [Rivals]

Rankings:
- ESPN:  3* / 77 Rating / #70 OT
- Rivals: 3* / 5.7 Rating / #43 OT / #14 State
- Scout: 3* / #30 OT
- _247: 4* / 91 Rating

Other Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia

Notes:  He's got the size and athleticism for certain, but reports indicate that Whitmire generally needs to work on playing with lower pad level. With a college workout regiment, he should be able to develop his explosiveness and speed. The basic physical characteristics are there for great pass protection - he's mobile with a great wing span, but the technique still needs to be refined. He was out early his senior season, for five games, due to an ankle injury. Still, he posted 24 tackles, four of which were for sacks, and was named an all-metro selection.

Quotables

"It starts with academics for me. After that I look at the coaches and their relationships with the players on the team. Distance will not play a major factor but I don't want to go too far away from home."