National Rank at RB: 29
Overall State Rank: 39
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Inside Texas gained some interesting insight into Foswhitt “Fozzy” Whitaker after talking to his Pearland High School head coach, Tony Heath. Whittaker, who also ran track in high school, played in the 2007 East Meets West All-American game and led all rushers with 127 yards on 19 carries.
IT: How would you categorize his strengths as a football player?
Heath: The number one thing with Fozzy is, he’s got class and character. His demeanor on and off the field is perfect. He’s confident, but not cocky, and very personable. He’s in National Honor Society, and he’s real active in his church. On the field, he’s quick, knowledgeable and coachable, and he’s got great cutback ability and vision.
IT: What did the UT coaches say they liked about him?
Heath: They said they are going to look at him at running back before trying him at some other position. He was recruited as an athlete, though, and he’s definitely a cornerback-type athlete.
IT: In what areas do you think he needs to improve?
Heath: Like every other kid his age, he probably needs to improve a little bit at just about everything he does. But to get specific, he probably needs to get stronger and work on his physical durability.
Whitaker is one of six signees already in camp.
IT: Was he a team leader for you?
Heath: He’s very much a leader, a lot of fun to be around but not overly vocal. He was the first one in the lockerroom to pull a prank for us, and he knows how to keep everything loose. But at the same time, he knows you have to earn the right to be a leader, so he’ll fit in great at Texas.
IT: Did he play any other positions?
DM: He played running backs for us and ran back kicks, but he didn’t play defense.
IT: Where do you think he’ll play at UT?
DM: Well I’m sure he’s going to start out at running back, and then he and the coaches will figure out where he is best suited. Like I said, he’ll do a great job wherever you put him.
IT: What’s impressive about his measurables?
DM: He runs a 4.4 or 4.5 40, but he’s also strong for his size.
IT: What was his defining moment in high school?
DM: He had way too many great plays to be able to focus on just one. The thing about Fozzy is, when it’s 3rd and 6 or 3rd and 7, he’s going to pick up the first down. He’s just a winner. I know that’s simple, but that’s exactly what you want. But not only is he a winner, he’s also a great athlete and leader. He’s the whole package.
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UT Signing Day Bio: Prep All-American and all-state selection who was a three-year first-team academic all-district performer … played in the 2007 East Meets West All- American game … led all rushers with 127 yards and 19 carries in that game … a third-team member of Dave Campbell's Super Team … finished his high school career as the sixth all-time rusher in Texas 5A history with 5,717 to go along with 51 career TDs in three seasons … rushed for at least 1,000 yards all three years … earned first-team 5A all-state from the Texas Sports Writers Association and honorable mention 5A all-state from The Associated Press … also tabbed district 24-5A MVP, Houston Chronicle MVP, Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year and Brazoria County MVP as a senior … led the Oilers to a 12-3 record and a berth in the Division I 5A state semifinals … Pearland finished fourth in the Texas Football Top 25 poll … rushed for 2,774 yards and 24 TDs … three-time Texas 5A Region 3 Player of the Week … notched 415 yards and four TDs on 35 carries (11.9 ypc) in a victory over Clear Creek … posted 361 yards and five TDs on 29 carries (12.4 ypc) in a bi-district victory over Sugar Land Dulles … rushed for 236 yards and two TDs on 25 carries (9.4 ypc) in a regional semifinal victory over Katy Cinco Ranch … earned district 24-5A Offensive Player of the Year honors as a junior … rushed for 1,608 yards and 18 TDs on 193 carries (8.3 ypc) … named first-team all-district (24-5A) and the Brazoria County Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore … posted 1,335 yard and nine TDs on 175 carries (7.6 ypc) … also lettered for two years in track and field … volunteered to help feed the homeless and pick up trash along the highways … enjoys listening to music and summer track … cousin, Jerry Hatter, played football at Grambling State … full name is Foswhitt Jerald Whittaker … Foswhitt comes from a combination of his dad's first name, Foster, and the first half of his last name, Whittaker … born 2/2/89 in Houston, Texas.
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