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Tijai Whatley
Tijai  Whatley
Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Rome, Ga.

High School:
Darlington School

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 182

Position:
AB

Birthdate:
02/11/2000


12/23/2017

#TGW: Special Class

Georgia Tech's inaugural early signing class has a chance to be special, especially on special teams

High School: Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports/Scout and Rivals ... Three-time all-state and all-area honoree ... 2017 Georgia Region 6-A North Offensive Player of the Year ... Rushed for nearly 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns over three seasons at Darlington, including 1,502 yards and 23 scores as a senior in 2017 ... Rushed for a school-record 357 yards in a game as a junior in 2016 ... Two-time team captain ... Coached by Tommy Atha ... Began his prep career as a freshman cornerback at Coronado H.S. in Colorado Springs, Colo., helping lead the team to the 2014 Colorado state championship ... Member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Full name is Tija'i Lamar Whatley ... Son of Tifton Whatley and Nakita Jackson ... Has four siblings (two older, two younger) ... Brother, Lakai, was a track and field student-athlete at Georgia Southern ... The son of a member of the U.S. Army, Tijai was born in Landstuhl, Germany and has also lived in Waikiki, Hawai'i in addition to Colorado and Georgia ... Enjoys surfing and skateboarding ... Began playing football at age six ... Majoring in international affairs.