Feb. 11, 2013
With another successful National Signing Day in the books for the Florida State football program, our continued individual look at each signee continues today with a glance at wide receiver Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield.
For the second year in a row, FSU signed a student-athlete that was not only considered one of the better pass catchers in the country but is also an electrifying sprinter on the track. Like his cousin Marvin Bracy, who this past weekend set the 'Noles' school record in the 60-meter dash in just his second collegiate meet, Whitfield will come to Tallahassee and have a speedy impact in two different sports.
On the track, Whitfield holds the fastest 100-meter dash time this year among high school seniors and is fourth nationally in the 200-meter dash. He's also the reigning Florida 3A state champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He projects to be a factor in both of those events, as well as the 4x100 relay next spring on a squad that FSU coach track coach Bob Braman is on record as saying has a chance to be the Seminoles' best outdoor team ever.
FSU director of sprints, hurdles and relays Ken Harnden called Whitfield "instant impact."
On the gridiron, Whitfield was considered to be one of the best receivers in the state during the recruiting cycle. In his final year at Jones High School in Orlando, the 5-foot-9, 176-pound speedster nabbed 38 passes for 520 yards and four scores.
"He's probably the fastest guy in high school," Fisher said. "His times are right there with Marvin's. I don't know if he's quite as fast as Marvin. But he runs track, I think he thinks of himself as more of a football player than a track guy, he just happens to be very fast and he can run now. He can roll. He's a tough guy, plays very physical, great ball skills, very good ball skills."
With Whitfield, FSU's football program is getting another much-needed scoreboard-changer; a player that is capable of scoring any time he touches the football. Whether is on special teams, catching passes deep, over the middle or in the screen game, Whitfield gives the 'Noles more offensive explosion capabilities.
Whitfield publicly committed to Florida State Aug. 8, 2012 and stayed true to his word despite offers from all of the heavy hitters in the world of college football and track. His primary recruiter was offensive line coach Rick Trickett.
Whitfield wore No. 3 at Jones and that number is available on offense at FSU with the departure of EJ Manuel.
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