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Tija'i Whatley
RB

Tija'i Whatley

#20

RB

Year RS Freshman
Height 6-2
Weight 182
Hometown Rome, Ga.
Last School Darlington School
Tija'i Whatley

Biography

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.

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