Devwah Whaley gave Arkansas fans a taste of what's to come during Saturday's Under Armour All-American Game. The 4-star running back also used the occasion to commit to the Razorbacks, according to EJ Holland of 247Sports.
Gerry Hamilton of ESPN passed along video of the announcement:
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VIDEO: #ESPN300 RB @devwah_whaley commits to #Arkansas at #UAAllAmerica Game. https://t.co/1o0aAggx3S2016-1-2 17:04:56
Whaley is the No. 4 running back and 119th-best player overall in the 2016 recruiting class. He ran for 1,530 yards and 21 touchdowns on 230 carries this year for Beaumont Central (Texas) High School.
"When Coach Richt got fired, it just wasn't feeling the same," Whaley said in December, per Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles. "He was a big part of why I chose UGA, and it just didn't feel the same."
Georgia's loss is Arkansas' gain.
MaxPreps provided some highlights from Whaley's junior season. Not only does his athleticism stand out, his ability to absorb and bounce off contact shines as well:
Listed at 6'0" and 209 pounds, Whaley would benefit from adding a little bit of muscle once he joins up with the Razorbacks. He's a good inside runner and will only improve in that regard should be bulk up slightly more.
Reporting from the practices ahead of the Under Armour All-American Game, 247Sports' Tom Loy was more than impressed with Whaley's more direct running style.
"Whaley doesn't waste energy dancing, he did a great job at finding the hole and exploding into the secondary," Loy wrote. "His legs looked fresh, and he caught the ball well out of the backfield when called upon."
While he does well in between the tackles, Whaley is also quick enough and agile enough to make defenders miss on the outside, and he'll be a tough back to bring down in the open field.
Whaley looks like the proverbial home run threat—capable of finding the end zone just about any time he touches the ball with green space ahead. In addition, his willingness to run inside will keep him on the field for more snaps and give Arkansas' coaching staff some options.
In a few years, Whaley could emerge as the best running back to come out of the 2016 class.
Note: Recruit star ratings are courtesy of 247Sports.