New Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey made his presence felt on national signing day with the addition of JaTarvious Whitlow.
Whitlow was set to sign with Tulane when he received a call from Auburn’s coaching staff.
“I was sitting there talking to God, like God what should I do? Give me a sign, show me something then all of a sudden I got a phone call from coach (Kevin) Steele out of the blue — the new OC (Chip Lindsey) wants you,” Whitlow told OA News sports reporter Erik Bacharach. “I was like that’s got to be it.”
The 3-star athlete out of Lafayette will play wide receiver and return punts for Auburn. The future receiver is 247 Sports’ 26th ranked prospect in Alabama.
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Whitlow was the Class 2A back of the year throwing for 2,292 yards (94 of 162) and 29 touchdowns and ran for 2,147 yards with 30 touchdowns for a Lafayette team that finished 12-1 and lost 53-20 in the quarterfinals to Fyffe.
The 6-foot-0, 200-pounder finished his high school career with more than 8,000 total yards of offense and 70-plus touchdowns.
Whitlow is also a decorated track athlete with state titles in long jump, triple jump, 200-meter and 400-meter and all-state basketball player.