Bobby Petrino’s ‘discovery’ leads to Arkansas commitment Kane Whitehurst

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

45 comments Add your comment

Destin Dawg

January 24th, 2011
4:27 pm

Destin Dawg

January 24th, 2011
4:29 pm

good for Kane.. Arkansas much better than Tulane or Troy…. Go Dawgs.. waitingfor some big news ???


January 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

Great Sleeper pickup, I watched Him play in State playoffs, very good player, playmaker, will be impact player in SEC. Reminds me of Wes Welker type player, can do it all.

Bitter vince dooly in south beach

January 24th, 2011
4:51 pm

whatt have i been saying—-hooche has a great team and will somebody sign this QB for hooche, 30 tds 2 int, 1500 yrds —please—-great kid

Bitter vince dooly in south beach

January 24th, 2011
4:56 pm

1500 yrd rushing 2500 throwing hooche QB

K Dawg

January 24th, 2011
4:58 pm

What would anybody go play for Arkansas while Scumtrino is there? If you are going there for 4 years, don’t expect for Scumtrino to still be there when you are a senior.


January 24th, 2011
5:04 pm

K Dawg – Good talk. You should read a paper every once in a while….Petrino recently signed a contract extension through 2017, which includes a $18M buyout if he leaves to go somewhere else. It is a blessing for UGA that Arkansas is rolling off the schedule for the next several years.

K Dawg

January 24th, 2011
5:18 pm

Good to hear, you guys can keep him forever for all we care in this part of the country. No character at all. None.


January 24th, 2011
5:20 pm

Didn’t Petrino have a contract with the Falcons too?! A lot of good that did.

K Dawg

January 24th, 2011
5:34 pm

Don’t know. I am glad he showed his true colors quickly and left town in the night like the snake he is. Best thing he ever did for the Falcons. Good riddance. I have nothing against the Hogs, except him.


January 24th, 2011
6:20 pm

Now that’s funny hog-fan!..We would rather play L$U,Alabama, and auburn, but please don’t let us have to play Arkansas..Good luck recruiting that “talent” rich state.


January 24th, 2011
6:29 pm

Good for the kid. I saw him play in the championship and he’s a kid that could have played at Georgia. But, he’s not “Georgia Material”. Hope he has the opportunity to show Georgia he is a player.


January 24th, 2011
6:37 pm

The Petrino leaving the Falcons griping has become a broken record. Let’s all move on and be happy for another kid getting the opportunity to play in the SEC

Hooch Fan

January 24th, 2011
7:15 pm

Kane Whitehurst Senior Highlights (Games 1-15) –

Jaguar Alumni

January 24th, 2011
7:37 pm

Is he any kin to Charlie Whitehurst? I remember Charlie the Chattahoochee QB from early 2000s.

Bobby P

January 24th, 2011
7:40 pm

GA fans ( UGA and FALCONS ) continue to prove they are morons. Ask Reeves or Mora about the sanctity of contracts. At least Petrino was wise enough to get out on his schedule, not the schedule of coat-tail riding Blank. Oh, and great season Falcons. See how long Blank LOVES the current regime as they continue to under-perform to expectations.


January 24th, 2011
7:57 pm

Charlie W’s nephew.
I have a feeling he’s the best WR in the state.

C Redman

January 24th, 2011
8:03 pm

Contracts mean nothing, and can be voided by either side(for a price). As previously shown, Petrino will leave at the first sign of hardship. My guess is in 2012, after a rough 2011season and in the middle of an even worse 2012 season.


January 24th, 2011
8:29 pm

Didn’t get to see much of Kane when he came to Tunnel Hill due to the fact that the starters were pulled rather quickly haha. But from what I saw he will be a great addition to the offense of Arkansas. He will fit in very well there.


January 24th, 2011
8:39 pm

Very happy for Kane. He will be great at Arkansas in that offense.

About Petrino…not all contracts are the same. 18 million dollars is a lot for a school to pay if they wanted him. Really unprecedented buyout and Petrino wanted it that way b/c he is tired of all the bs.
He was heralded as a great coach, great enough the NFL wanted him, he decides to leave the Falcons, Lou Holtz style, and some people can’t get over it. Sorry, but one incident doesn’t take away Petrino’s coaching ability or his character.


January 24th, 2011
10:31 pm

The Petrino buyout is unprecendented. No coach has ever had such a number in his contract. But the best part is not the buyout. It is the non-compete. If he leaves Arkansas for ANY other SEC school (East or West), he has to pay back all compensation. Yea, that’s right, not just a buyout, he pays back everything they have ever paid him. Trust me, he is at Arkansas for a long time, whether they like it or not.

Congrats to Whitehurst, awesome talent that went WAY under the radar, the Hogs will be glad they got this one.

Tom Jones

January 24th, 2011
10:37 pm

Falcons real football team 1 and done LOL , get over it. Congrats to Whitehurst glad your a Razorback


January 24th, 2011
10:59 pm

“Contracts mean nothing, and can be voided by either side(for a price). As previously shown, Petrino will leave at the first sign of hardship. My guess is in 2012, after a rough 2011season and in the middle of an even worse 2012 season.”
C Redman, if that happens (it won’t) then Petrino will owe the university in the neighborhood of $18 million out of his own pocket and we could hire anybody we want on Petrino’s dime. Pay attention sometimes, and don’t let your hate blind you. Him leaving Atlanta worked out best for Atlanta and Arkansas. Just get over it already.

Time Change

January 24th, 2011
11:23 pm

Some of you people act like Petrino took a dump on your lawn. Sheesh, get over it. Some of you are so blinded by the hate and the sand you bury your head in, that if you would pull your heads up and breathe, you would see that the world has changed and things have moved on….it’s not 2007 anymore.

Smith = great for Falcons
Petrino & K. Whitehurst = great for Razorbacks (and yes, Whitehurst is kin to Charlie Whitehurst, QB for Seattle, and his dad or uncle played pro ball too)

I am glad for Kane and any other kid that gets the opportunity (ethically I might add) to play college football and get a degree.

Congrats on the playoffs Falcons fans. Tough way to end the year. (some how though, I imagine some of you will blame the loss on Petrino)


January 25th, 2011
12:30 am

Petrino realized he and Atlanta were a bad fit, so he cut his losses. He took a two million dollar pay cut to come to Arkansas, and it turns out he loves it here, hence an 18 million dollar buyout.

What would you Falcon fans have wanted him to do-stay around when he realized it was a bad fit? If he stayed there and things stayed like they were, you’d be screaming “fire his butt, forget the contract”.

Kane will be a star in Petrino’s system, and he’ll likely be the Hog’s kickoff return man.

Destin Dawg

January 25th, 2011
4:18 am

Man !!! last week… Swann, Mitchell and Rome…. now Ward…. Dream Team for sure !!! Go Dawgs !!!! C mon Crowell and Jenkins…..


January 25th, 2011
7:26 am

Hey KDawg, read the news. Petrino signed a 7 year contract. He’ll be at Arkansas forever. Who wouldn’t want to play for one of the best coaches in college football. You need to grow up and get over it. Idiot…

Double A

January 25th, 2011
8:59 am

Enjoy losing those Liberty Bowls Dawg fans!

Mediority has found its way back to Athens.

k Dawg

January 25th, 2011
9:02 am

Copdrmz, don’t call me an idiot, you idiot. You obviously are from the same low class as Petrino. I hope he does stay there forever. Nobody else wants him. You deserve each other. Don’t care if this did happen in 2007, he still has no character. Never will. And he pulled this kind of garbage before the Falcons, so he has a pattern. He may be locked in there, but that doesn’t suddenly make him a man. He never will be.


January 25th, 2011
9:28 am

k Dawg, most Falcon fans have moved on. It was better for the Falcons and Petrino to part ways. Was it classy on Petrino’s part, probably not; however, Arkansas is happy with him (as they should be, he’s a great college coach) and the Falcons are better with their new staff. I’ve never understood why it alright for an owner to fire a guy in the middle of the season, but for a coach to leave in the middle of the season is frowned upon (it is a double standard in my opinion).

Petrino is a great coach, I don’t know anyone in the SEC that wants to play him and Arkansas. If Arkansas ever gets a really tough defense, they will win the SEC.


January 25th, 2011
9:47 am

Congrats to Kane Whitehurst and good job Crowder, going to bat for your player……..just goes to show great players get lost in the rivals/scouts star rating BS and recruiters don’t do their homework. He should have been on their radar long ago, surprised that’s the first time Petrino had seen his film!?? who else is lost in the “star” ratings?


January 25th, 2011
11:41 am

One instance of Pistrino showing no character? Don’t come on here and revise history please. How about Pistrino meeting in secret, behind the back of then head Coach T. Tubberville while Pistrino was under contract at Louisville? What about telling his Falcon players WITH A NOTE that he was leaving after several fervent statements that he was not going anywhere. So all you ar-Kansas folk enjoy your head coach and your revisionist history, we Know better.


January 25th, 2011
11:55 am

its always fun to look at the Georgia Homers who dont realize there Falcons are a joke and any smart coach would have left. garbage team with thugs for players. gratz to this kid. petrino will turn him into a star.


January 25th, 2011
1:03 pm

Great Coaches are always hated by other team fans… It is obvious with some of you…


January 25th, 2011
2:41 pm

Sc-Out-Dawg…. Missed you at the Liberty Bowl….. had already made it down to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl that our awful coach Petrino took us to. Must have passed you on your way to your pity party…. we are happy… sounds like you should be happy also since you got rid of him… and as for Blankity Blank… what goes around comes around…. he likes to dump, but moans and groans when he gets dumped on…


January 25th, 2011
2:58 pm

Now back to the real reason for the article…. we are so happy that Kane did fly under the radar…. the scouting services should be ashamed for missing this kid. When I saw his video, I could not believe this kid. We will truly enjoy watching him over the next few years. And as for the Dogs coach Richt, I still think he is one of the finest coaches in the business, and a great person. Just got thru reading Top Dawg and would recommend it to all….


January 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

For all of you who are are constantly on th A$$ of Petrino. He was selected to be the coach in ATL and signed to turn Myconvick into an NFL passing quarterback, emmediatley his side of the contract was breeched because Vick was already in the process of going to the pokie. Now I don’t agree of mistreatment of anything or anyone it still seems amazing to me that people go to prison for things like that, alas I’m getting away from the subject but still in this world we are forced to live in people are treated like animals and animals like people.


January 25th, 2011
5:42 pm

good for u kane
i am soo happy for you and it was nice seeing u at chattahoochee i meet u and that was my best day ever.
i will never forget u


January 25th, 2011
7:48 pm

Hey “k Dork” . . . funny to see you run around in circles . . . you start off on the offensive by insulting Petrino and claiming that he will bolt Arkansas before this recruit graduates, and when someone points out that you are obviously ignorant of the facts of Petrino’s recent contract/buyout, taking ALL of the air out of your argument, you counter with the lame “oh yeah . . . then . . . something else . . .”

GREAT comeback . . . Can you say “OWNED”? HA HA HA . . .

And then you issue the classic “Don’t call me an XXX, you XXX” . . . BWA HA HA . . .

Tell me, KD . . . how much do you earn per hour as a human piñata?


January 25th, 2011
8:14 pm

I really don’t know how this kid had so few offers. He runs like a deer and uses his blockers very well. But, I really don’t see the point in the Petrino bashing. Both he and the Falcons are way better off nowdays. It’s not like thats the worst thing to ever happen to the organization.


January 25th, 2011
10:21 pm

1 reason he was under the radar screen. WR + White. Go ask Jason Seahorn about GMs not wanting to give him a chance at corner.


January 25th, 2011
11:35 pm


Petrino met in secret to interview for the Auburn job behind Tubb’s back? You mean EXACTLY like how Tubbs got the job at Auburn while meeting in secret behind Ole Miss’s back?

Or, get this, John Gruden met with Miami about their job, who then fired their coach, and then changed his mind? But then Gruden works for ESPN so he gets a pass. Hell, if it wasn’t for Warren Sapp popping off they never would have even reported it. Quality journalism. Get the dirt, unless its your guy or your team.

Leo Propst

January 26th, 2011
6:31 am

Hey KDawg, you talking nonsense about Petrino leaving makes me wanna say, “Childs please!”


January 26th, 2011
12:20 pm

What a steal for Arkie. I’ve seem some HS players at WR this year but this kid has some magic that can’t be measured. Byerly is another gem flying under the radar with a touch of “it”.


January 28th, 2011
1:09 am

My favorite comment- “He’s not “Georgia-material” but good for him”

Didn’t Arkansas beat UGA in Athens this year? But their recruits couldn’t even sport the G on the helmet?
Two words: Greg Childs