It seems that Oceanside High School is loaded with Division 1 prospects year in and year out. This year’s senior class is no different. Cornerback/Wide Receiver Jace Whittaker is among their most talented prospects. Jace gave a commitment to Arizona in June, choosing the Wildcats over offers from Boise State, San Diego State, and Washington State. His older brother, JJ, is a starting cornerback for San Diego State and was at one time committed to Arizona under the old coaching staff.
I’ve seen Jace several times in the last couple seasons and have been very impressed by his play. When making tackles, he hits his opponent as hard as anyone in San Diego. His straight line speed as a receiver or punt returner is outstanding. His man-to-man coverage needs some work, but at the high school stage that is the case with nearly every defensive back. Whittaker has proven to be a hard worker that will do whatever it takes to see the field early for Arizona. He has had the advantage of playing against top talent during his high school career that should greatly benefit him by the time he arrives in Tucson. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jace making an impact on special teams for the Wildcats next season if he does not redshirt. Next year’s Arizona team will feature 9 players from San Diego, including 3 cornerbacks. (Derek Babiash/Poway and Devin Holiday/Mission Hills)