15 offers later J.J. Arcega-Whiteside still has the same hunger and desire to keep working hard to…
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside knows a little thing or two about bring being a Cavalier. He is already a Cavalier at his current high school, Dorman. So when Virginia pulled the trigger this week and offered the wide receiver, Arcega-Whiteside could identify with the Wahoos.
"Yeah I can relate to them," he joked.
"It feels awesome knowing that I put in all this work and I am finally getting compensated for it," he explained. "Inside of me I thought one day that I wanted to be there, and that I am going to work hard for it. But in the back of my mind I thought maybe that is too much for me. But now that it's really happening, it's a dream come true.
"But you can't settle now though, you have to go for it all."
Virginia assistant Marques Hagans was at Dorman High School on Friday, and a few days later Arcega-Whiteside received the offer.
"It was really exciting to me. I was sort of expecting it, but at the same time I wasn't. I was a little relieved and excited at the same time."
And it seems like the wide out's relationship with the UVa wide receivers coach has also started on the right foot.
"Right off the bat, I could tell he was a cool, laid back coach," he said. "But one of those coaches that if you make a mistake, he will let you know so you can fix it. "
The 6-foot-3, 180 pounder admits he will need to study up a bit when it comes to the University of Virginia and its football program.
"I went to one of their football camps in the summer, that's it. But now that they have offered I am definitely going to start doing my research on them."
Arcega-Whiteside has a big frame and has the speed, but he doesn't speed through his class work. He has exceled in the classroom as well and has received an academic offer from Harvard.
"My dad always told me if you want be good at football, that's fine, but you can't just rely on it. But you can always rely on grades. You always need to work harder in the books than football."
So when he begins his tour this summer, you can be certain that the school's academic reputation is something he will be looking at.
" (I'm looking at) education. What they offer academically" he said. "If I were to go what should I expect; how the team bonds and basically what type of family feel does the school have.
"Just as long as I can feel like I am at home and people are treating me right. If I can really get a long with everybody -it can be a school with 5,000 students or 60,000 students,, just as long as I feel like I'm at home."
The three-star prospect hopes to see Virginia, Maryland and Georgia Tech among others. He says he hasn't set anything official and is still trying to work out which other schools he will visit. One thing is certain, however, he will make his decision this summer..
"I am planning to make my decision before the season."