After leading the state of South Carolina in interceptions during the 2015 season, senior Fairfax safety D’Najee Whosendove is looking for a repeat performance this year, a goal that should be within reach after a two-pick performance in week one.
“It went good,” Whosendove told Today’s U. “We won the game 24-2, so it’s always good to start off 1-0 and give your team that boost. I think I did pretty well. I would like to help my team out a little more on offense, but for the most part I did pretty well.”
During the opening contest of his senior campaign, Whosendove recorded 10 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a 55-yard receiving touchdown, a showing that jump-started what should be a productive season.
“I really tried to work on staying in my backpedal more rather than opening up,” Whosendove said of his offseason. “Just trying to be more fluid with tracking the ball down, trying to work on my speed a little bit. It showed immediately. The first time the ball was in there for my first interception, I knew the hard work paid off.”
Another sign that Whosendove’s hard work has paid off is the fact that he is currently committed to Georgia Southern on a full ride scholarship. With other offers from Charleston, Southern and N.C. State, Whosendove opted to pledge to Georgia Southern on account of the longstanding relationship he has established with the school.
“It was really the school that believed in me the most,” Whosendove said. “Ever since my sophomore year when recruiting really kicked off for me, coach [Chad] Lunsford has been there since my sophomore year. He’s really been in touch with me even through the coaching staff changed. He was always in touch with me, making sure I was okay. When the new staff offered, he hit me up and I loved it just like always.”
Whosendove revealed himself as a versatile player in week one, and the potential to contribute in multiple facets at the college level is an intriguing prospect for the South Carolina recruit.
“Without a doubt,” Whosendove said. “I can see myself making plays for that defense or offense or special teams. Whatever they need, I can do that.”
As for which side of the ball he plays once he reaches college, Whosendove is leaving that up to his future college staff.
“I really don’t have a preference,” Whosendove said. “I think, personally, I work hard enough and condition hard enough to where I could help out on both sides of the ball and special teams. I think I can help Georgia Southern do that. But if it boils down to that and I have to go on one side, I’d like to play defensive back at Georgia Southern.”
Whosendove says he has spoken with the Georgia Southern staff about playing both ways, but he has not come to a decision on that aspect yet.
“I’m just trying to get back to states, and that’s really main focus right now–my high school team,” Whosendove said. “I’m trying to really get this thing going and get back on a roll so we can get back to where we should be and finish this time.”
Click here for a link to Whosendove’s junior highlight tape.