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Collins High School football standout Masai Whyte, a senior-to-be and hard-hitting linebacker for the Titans, has committed to Western Kentucky University.
Whyte, however, might not be the only Titan to cast his lot with the Hilltoppers today. Collins all-purpose back, and fellow rising senior, Dre Farris will announce his college choice around 8:30 p.m. tonight on Twitter. He’ll choose between WKU and Toledo.
Whyte called Western Kentucky assistant head coach, and offensive coordinator, Jeff Brohm this morning to let him know of his decision.
“I’m really excited,” the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Whyte said. “I’m just blessed to have a chance to play at a higher level.”
Whyte played at a high level for the Titans last year, totaling 182 tackles (71 solo, 111 assists) for a team that went 11-4 and finished as the state runner-up in Class AAAA.
Whyte said he also had offers from Lindsey Wilson and Pikeville, as well as interest from Toledo and Eastern Kentucky.
“I really like Western because of their style of play, and the coaches are really interested in me,” he said. “They said I have a lot of skill and the ability to improve. They gave me the most interest.”
Whyte said he is also excited to play for new Hilltoppers head coach Bobby Petrino.
“I think he’s an amazing coach,” Whyte said. “He knows what he’s doing. I like his success, and I think he’s going to turn Western’s program into a way better program.”
Whyte said he was impressed by facilities at Western when he was on the Bowling Green campus last December, when Collins played Highlands in the 4-A final.
“I thought it was a really nice place, not too big not too small, and the field is really nice,” he said.
Whyte admitted he’s happy to get his college choice out of the way this summer - “It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders,” he said – which will allow him to just focus on his senior season.
“My goal is to get a state championship, just bring it home,” he said.