Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino “discovered” Kane Whitehurst when he was visiting Chattahoochee High earlier this month to look at another recruit.
Whitehurst, who plays wide receiver and returns kickoffs and punts, has committed to Arkansas. He was also considering offers from Tulane and Troy, among others.
About two weeks ago, Petrino stopped by Chattahoochee to talk about defensive end Barron Dixon, who ended up pledging to Mississippi State. Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder asked Petrino for a few extra minutes of his time.
“I told Coach Petrino ‘I’m not letting you leave here until you look at Kane,’” Crowder recalled with a laugh. “I showed him some film, and he just kind of fell in love with the kid.”
The 5-foot-11, 172-pound Whitehurst will be the second Chattahoochee recruit to sign with Arkansas under Crowder, who graduated from the SEC West school. Safety Elton Ford picked the Razorbacks in 2008.
“I’m tickled pink for Kane,” Crowder said. “No. 1 for selfish reasons, with me being from Arkansas … I follow the team so it will be fun to see him play. No. 2, I can’t think of a better offense for Kane to be in than with Coach Petrino and that offense.”
Whitehurst helped lead Chattahoochee to this past season’s Class AAAA championship, catching 84 passes for 1.378 yards, while scoring a total of 23 touchdowns, including four on kickoff returns.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting