Ashton Whitner’s relationship with West Virginia hasn’t been that long but it seems to be progressing in a positive direction.
The three-star safety from Greenville, South Carolina received his offer from WVU defensive graduate assistant and former Mountaineer safety Jarrod Harper back on April 23 and the two sides have remained in constant contact since that date. In fact, Whitner received a virtual tour of the West Virginia campus and facilities on Sunday evening.
West Virginia Sports Now spoke with Whitner Wednesday morning to get his thoughts on what impressed him about his tour and the fast growing relationship with him and the West Virginia staff. It sounds as though Whitner plans on getting a first hand look of Morgantown through an upcoming official visit.
“The first time I heard from them was the day that they called and offered,” said Whitner. “Since then, we’ve been texting constantly, actually everyday. The relationship that I’m creating with Coach Harper is like we’re best friends right now because we talk every single day. When he asked me if I wanted to go on a virtual visit I said yeah because that would be a great school to possibly go to.
“Coach told me how they really like how I play and that I’m a ballhawk, I’m a really good tackler and I fill the alley good. He said that I’d be a really big part of the defense if I went there and the film shows that I could also be a really good special teams player for them.”
Whitner went on the virtual visit with the West Virginia coaches Sunday night and pointed out to us a number of things that caught his eye and has interested in exploring the West Virginia program even more.
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“The facilities, they introduced the song to me, they showed me the dorms and the football field,” said Whitner. “What I liked the most was the West Virginia locker rooms and how they have the study halls built into the stadium for them. As soon as I got off the virtual visit, I knew automatically that I wanted to come visit the school in person.
“I’m most definitely taking an official visit to West Virginia, I just haven’t figured out a date yet. As far as other visits, I also know that I’m going to visit Indiana but don’t have a date set with them.”
Aside from those two programs, Whitner also holds offers from Maryland, Marshall, Liberty, Akron, Coastal Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Old Dominion and a number of Ivy League programs.