LaFayette High School athlete Tequarri Whitlow has signed a football scholarship to play for the Tennessee State University Tigers this fall. Whitlow was a standout on offense and defense for LHS and will be working out as H-back for the Tigers under head coach Ron Reed.
While at LaFayette, Whitlow started at middle linebacker and running back. Last season he rushed for 483 yard on 62 carries and scored six touchdowns. He is also plays on the basketball team and is a four-year honor student.
During his recruitment Whitlow drew interest from Central Missouri, Georgia Southern and Fayetteville State. He was originally leaning toward Fayetteville but decided on Tennessee State after an on-campus visit in Nashville last month.
“They treated me right and it’s a really good school,” Whitlow said. “I like the environment that they have and it felt good. I got a chance to hang out with some of the (current) players and I like the team, they are like a family.”
As for his first season on the squad, Whitlow expects to be in the hunt for playing time immediately. “They told me that they have three backs and that I’m the most athletic out of all of them, so I can get out there and make a name for myself, work hard and I’ll get to play,” he said. “It’s not just about talent, though, it’s about how you carry yourself on and off the field.”
The chance to play for Tennessee State will also pit Whitlow against one of his former teammates at LaFayette. The Tigers biggest rival is Tennessee Tech, and former LHS standout Joe Vines is a member of their secondary. So the two could actually run into each other, literally, when the teams meet on Sept. 21.
The Tigers are members of the Ohio Valley Conference and finished the 2013 season with an 8-3 record.
Whitlow will report to Nashville in June to begin working out with the TSU team. He plans to study Business Management.