• John Macon Gillespie

Whitaker Shows Off At Fortius Project

St. Aloysius may not be a large school, but junior Jaylen Whitaker will not let that keep him from his large goals.

The 2018 Flashes' defensive end attended the Fortius Project Saturday at Jones County Junior College

“I want to showcase my talent against good competition and would like to get more exposure coming from a small school like St. Aloysius,” Whitaker told SES Mississippi before the camp.

Whitaker did just that, running a 4.84 second 40-yard dash and vigorously competing in one-on-one drills.

“It's exciting to see how easy it is to show your talent and be recognized,” Whitaker said.

Whitaker's talent was recognized late in 2016 when he received his first scholarship offer from Jackson State. Whitaker did not take the Tigers' offer lightly.

“It was exciting, especially from JSU,” Whitaker said. “I have a lot of family members who graduated from there, and I always go to their games.”

Whitaker hopes that his personal athletic success will rub off on his team this season. The Flashes did not have a winning record in 2016 but managed to win when it mattered most.

“At the beginning of the season, we lost our first seven games and won our last three district games to get into the playoffs,” Whitaker said. “It was an up and down season.”

After the roller coaster that was 2016, Whitaker has set very specific goals for his team in 2017.

“[I want to] make the MAIS All-Star Game, lead the MAIS in tackles, and make a run for a state title,” Whitaker said.

Ultimately, Whitaker believes that his attendance in the Fortius Project can help him reach these goals in 2017.

"I know that I can be a game-changer for my team,” Whitaker said.

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